This Friday is my birthday. I'm less excited about the birthday part than I am about the present part: getting to go buy Harry Potter at midnight! I didn't get caught up in the Harry Potter phenomenon until after Goblet of Fire, so books 5 and 6 are the only two I've anticipated the release of. My mother told our family she would buy one copy of Book 5 and do a lottery for who got to read it first; I didn't win...and I think it was at least a week before I got my hands on it. (I read it in about six and a half hours. I think my reading speed should have been taken into account; I could have turned it over to the next family member in a matter of hours...) Book 6 came out the week before my birthday, and I requested that my present be the privilege of getting to read it first. I ought to have specified that I wanted the book right away.
2007 is going to be different. There are only two people in my current household, and one of them has no interest in reading Book 7 until he has heard the audio books of the first 6. And, it being my birthday, said husband is willing to wait in line with me and a bunch of other HP fans at midnight so I can get my hands on a copy as soon as possible. We're taking the 21st off work so that I can come home and start reading. Scratch that - I'll probably open it the minute it's paid for.
The only downside is that I read quickly. I expect to be tired by the time I finish, since it will probably be somewhere between 4:30 and 6:30 in the morning, but will I be able to sleep? If not, who will I talk to? My cousin Jennifer reads about as quickly as I do, but she is in Scotland, so discussion with her will be limited. I don't actually have any friends in Provo who are sure to buy HP at midnight and who'll have finished reading it early enough to discuss with me. As far as I'm aware, most HP fansites are closing down the discussion forums for a few days to avoid spoilers about the book.
Well, it will all work out somehow. If anyone is awake and finished reading Book 7 in the wee hours of the morning, call me. Or look for me on Gmail chat. I'll be there.