"Even Muggles...should be celebrating this happy, happy day!"

So it's here at last--today is the day! 

I think possibly the greatest thing about the Harry Potter books is the way each person who reads them feels like they "belong" to them personally--I feel like no one could love them as much as I do, but I know that millions of other people feel the exact same way.

So, if you're feeling up to some reading--in addition to that you'll be doing later, of course--in celebration of Book 7, here are 7 unique but universal bits that show how Harry has effected all kinds of people, from the author herself to the children the books were originally written for, from dedicated HP webmasters to plain old fan who adore the books....

  1. Rowling:  'Harry's story comes to a definite end'; Author describes success of series as "the experience of a lifetime"
  2. The Power of Potter Pledge
  3. The Potter Generation
  4. Couple plans wedding, then Harry Potter
  5. Why can't everyone just be as big of a Harry Potter fan as I am?
  6. Harry Potter Memories; As the final book is set to arrive, fans remember the day they discovered the magic of Hogwarts
  7. Hype, Hope and Harry; A decade later, one fantasy writer remembers the day he discovered the magical world of Hogwarts 

I've actually posted part of that last one before, but I love it so much I decided it's worth repeating.  I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did. 

Absent something that I can't resist, posting will be light today as I'm going to attempt to catch a few cat naps.  (And speaking of cats--one last, last minute prediction:  Ginny will totally learn to be a cat animagus.)  I'm planning to watch the live webstream (here) of the reading at 6:01 my time--which Bloomsbury promises will be from a place very early in that book that has no major plot spoilers (I read that somewhere, but for the life of me I can't find the link)--and then it's off to the festivities.  Don't forget to come catch the live blog if you're awake; again, it will begin ASAP after midnight.