The Boy Wonder finished Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows in the wee hours this morning and handed it off to me this afternoon. I was all set to read it, but upon discussion with BW, realized that I could barely remember what happened in the preceding books. HP6 is a complete blank; I'd even forgotten who was the eponymous half-blood prince.
BW half-jokingly suggested that I reread the entire series before tackling book 7, as it references characters and events in the previous books. He also warned me that it's not very funny, whereas book 1 is wrily humorous from the very first sentence (he checked).
I thought, why the hell not? So today I gobbled up Harry Potter & the Sorceror's Stone. I have just a few pages to go, which will send me happily off to sleep, and tomorrow I'll start book 2. These are just my speed: it's too hot (near 100 the past few days) for any more "serious" reading and I could use some time in a magic place, with happy endings.
Sure wish I hadn't given away the ARC of HP1 and loaned the hardcover first edition of HP2 way back when. I never got the latter back and they're both worth a tidy sum now. Who knew that Harry Potter would be the biggest thing to ever hit publishing?