Thursday, June 21, 2007

One month and counting

This is it. The final countdown to the final book. One month from today, Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hallows will be available at a bookstore near you. I'm getting chills just thinking how in a few short weeks we'll finally know what happens to Harry, Voldemort and friends. A couple months ago, I began my traditional rereading of the previous books before the new one comes out. I started early because in addition to the six Harry Potter books, I have one book a month to read for my book club.

Anyway, last month I was finishing up GoF when I came across something I had missed the previous 8 or 9 times I've read it. In chapter 36 The Parting of Ways, Dumbledore says, "Sirius, I need you to set off at once. You are to alert Remus Lupin, Arabella Figg, Mundungus Fletcher - the old crowd."

There it was in plain black and white text...the clue to the revelation in OotP that Mrs. Figg was connected to Dumbledore and a Squib. And yet I missed it every single time I've read GoF, even those times after OotP had come out.

And once again I marvel at the genius of JK Rowling and wonder what else she has mentioned plainly in passing in any of the books that hold a key to one of the many mysteries we hope to have solved with the last book.

What clues have you found?

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