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Our Harry Potter Reading Odyssey Ends

It was a momentous evening in our household last night. I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to my eldest daughter. That’s it. It’s all over. All seven books, read out loud at bedtime over the past 18 months or so. Apart of a few nights here and there when I was out of the country or something, I have read the text of all the novels out loud. I am sure that I am not the only parent to have done this. That’s a lot of spells and teenage angst.

We usually read books from other writers in between each Harry Potter book in order to avoid Hogwarts overkill, but the last two books have been read back to back due to popular demand so we could discover how the finale pans out.

harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallowsAt the start of the evening, we still had four chapters to go and we usually read a chapter each night. But last night we couldn’t stop – we just ploughed on and on until it was done. I read from 7.15pm to 9pm. When we started reading the Potter books, my daughter had very elementary reading skills and now she’s an accomplished reader – my first thought was, as the final sentence trailed off, that she could read them herself now. That would keep her quiet for a while.

I thought the final chapter of The Deathly Hallows was unnecessary. It should have ended at the conclusion of the chapter before. But the real problem is what are we going to read now? She’s read every Roald Dahl book, including the crap compilations put together after his death, we’ve read the Narnia Chronicles, she’s working her way through the Percy Jackson books, we’ve done The Hobbit and she’s read the Spiderwick books.

Suggestions are very welcome – she’s eight. I would like a series of books because the structure of something on-going works very well with a young listener. (Oh yes, I need to like the books as well).

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