Well, we got our final Harry Potter books last night at midnight along with millions of other folks around the world. It is a depressing moment. The kid and I agreed we would read it out loud to each other at the beach this week when we go to Florida.

After reading the first chapter to each other last night, I went to bed, and she stayed up all night reading. I don’t know yet if she finished the book; she’s still asleep, of course. But my guess is that Harry’s gonna die. The book opens with two very sad quotes about the necessity of death.

Anyway, as the kid was reading to me, she had to keep stopping to explain various details that I forgot about from the Half-blood Prince. Like, I forgot who was the Half-blood prince, even. So I decided to pick up book 6 and reread it before reading the Deathly Hallows. Maybe I’m just procrastinating and postponing the inevitable.

In book 6, though, there’s a cute little chapter about how Harry, Hermione, and Ron get their O.W.L.s. In the chapter you see Harry’s report card. I wish we could give out the kind of grades that they give at Hogwarts:

Pass Grades
Outstanding (O)
Exceeds Expectations (E)
Acceptable (A)

Fail Grades
Poor (P)
Dreadful (D)
Troll (T)

I know a couple of students who deserved Troll grades (though, admittedly, most of Troll grades were for students who never showed up. It is unfortunate that students let their grades suffer by failing to drop a class).

Anyway, I’m off to D&D.


  1. Who decides which books get press (Harry Potter) and which get censored? After all, censorship is becoming America’s favorite past-time. The US gov’t (and their corporate friends), already detain protesters, ban books like “America Deceived” from Amazon and Wikipedia, shut down Imus and fire 21-year tenured, BYU physics professor Steven Jones because he proved explosives, thermite in particular, took down the WTC buildings. Free Speech forever (especially for books).
    Last link (before Google Books caves to pressure and drops the title):
    America Deceived (book)

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