Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 (context)
Ian and I successfully read aloud all of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows between about 2:30 on Saturday afternoon and 8:00 Sunday evening. We read for seven hours on Saturday, took a brief break to sleep, resumed reading at 7:00 on Sunday morning and read straight through to the end of the book, finishing at 8:00 that evening with a one-hour break for church in between. We took turns reading two chapters at a time to give our voices a rest occasionally, and as it turns out I really enjoyed the time we spent on the book.
I don’?t intend to discuss my thoughts on the book at all, aside from saying that although it dragged some in the middle, Ian and I both found it an entertaining story and a surprisingly strong conclusion to the Harry Potter series. J.K. Rowling did just fine in closing out and wrapping up. If you want to know any more of what I thought of it, email me and I will be happy to expound at length on any part of it you like. However, let me say that reading it aloud produced one of the most rewarding reading experiences I’?ve had in a long time. Not only did we get to experience the book simultaneously (which solved the difficult who-reads-it-first conundrum, as well as the don’?t-tell-me-I’m-not-there-yet? issue), but we got to spend two whole days interacting more intensively than we usually do. It turned out to be not only a practical way of sharing the book, but it ended up working out as a positive relationship-builder as well. I recommend it! –Both the 7th Harry Potter book and reading books aloud.
That is all I intend to say about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.