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The Anniversary
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I was reminded that yesterday was the one year anniversary of the publication of Deathly Hallows. It was also the weekend when the floods became really serious and I came back to a house with no running water and, for two days, no electricity. I didn't talk about that much at the time because... well, I didn't see the point. Very British of me, I suppose. The managers at my work were amazing: they stocked in preparation for the worst and had baby wipes, food, perishables, everything for us. People who still had running water offered us their baths and showers and their washing machines. The managers also arranged for us to take a minibus to a leisure centre in Swindon (neighbouring county) and have showers there. Looking back, I wonder why I wasn't more upset. I'd been in Gloucester for less than a month when we were flooded. It took a month for things to get back to normal for us. Some people in Tewkesbury, which was worse off, have only just moved back in. Some are still living in caravans. I was lucky, since my sister lives in Bristol, just an hour down the train track but unaffected (despite living on the mouth of the Severn!). I probably used all her hot water with my washing and my shower.

For all my HP friends on the flist, what are your memories of 21/07/07?


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A kid I knew since he was seven years old was getting married in another state the weekend that Harry Potter was coming out. My daughter was in yet another state taking the Bar exam that monday. So for the first time since the fourth book my family wasn't at the midnight send off of the books together. My daughter ordered hers but hid it under her bed so it wouldn't distract her from studying. She read it the moment the second day of testing was over.

The brother of the groom at the wedding I was attending had died in Iraq just two years before. I can't read in cars -- I get car sick. I didn't want to get the book in the town where the wedding was because I wanted to give my time to the groom's mom and family because of their previous loss. The son who was lost was the twin of the groom, and the lack of his presence was felt by everyone, especially the best man who knew he was standing in for the lost brother. With all of that I didn't want to take time away to read my Harry Potter book. The groom's family is quite large and the day after the wedding I did see some of his sister's reading the books. I was tempted to peek. It was frustrating because I knew that my rush pre-ordered copy was sitting at home waiting for me.

The morning we were leaving for the very long drive back to my own state the kids of the families who'd come to the wedding were all reading in the Lobby of the hotel. They'd made special trips to area book stores to buy it. Some had preordered it by phone at those stores. A guy who claimed to hate the books had read them on the internet and kept threatening to reveal secrets. One girl who'd gone to high school with one of my sons and was a pretty popular soccer girl who reminded me of Ginny turned to him and said, "If you tell me anything that happened in the books, anything at all, I will hurt you in a public and humiliating way. I mean it." My son who is six foot three claimed to be sure that she could do it and he knew the hurt would be physical. "I'm scared of her my son said, and I'm an athlete." The kid who was definitely not an athlete shut up. This reminded me so much of Ginny. I think of this girl when ever I think of Ginny.

When my family got home we all grabbed off the porch our own copies of the book and started reading. We had a pact to act as if the book hadn't come out yet until every family member had read the books.

About 1/3 of my church were rabid Potter fans, 1/3 had not interest at all and 1/3 disapproved. We spent the following Sunday after church on the grounds talking Potter with all the fans. My sister and Dad were obsessed as well.

I had a month of constant Potter talk. Then my daughter showed me the Sugar Quill.

My one sister who is a tepid fan at best and took for ever to finish the book was convinced that Hermione should have married Kingsley, when she got a little older and worked at the ministry.

Crap, I can't believe I never replied to this comment. Maybe I didn't know what to say. Especially since your story about the twin brothers is so similar to what it must have been like at George's wedding. :((

One girl who'd gone to high school with one of my sons and was a pretty popular soccer girl who reminded me of Ginny turned to him and said, "If you tell me anything that happened in the books, anything at all, I will hurt you in a public and humiliating way. I mean it." My son who is six foot three claimed to be sure that she could do it and he knew the hurt would be physical. "I'm scared of her my son said, and I'm an athlete." The kid who was definitely not an athlete shut up. This reminded me so much of Ginny. I think of this girl when ever I think of Ginny.

This, on the other hand, is hilarious and SO TRUE. That is completely Ginny!

Wow, Hermione/Kingsley... certainly original!

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