A Muggle's remarks

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 10:39 AM

We at the Google Book Search blog would be remiss if we did not address the most significant event in book publishing in the last 50 years: the release of the final book in J.K. Rowling's excellent Harry Potter series. Although the full text of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows isn't searchable online, you'll find lots of information about it on our "About this Book" page, including links to book reviews and web references from diverse sources like the BBC and a host of HP fan sites. And if you want a refresher before embarking on The Hallows, we have similar pages for each Rowling's previous six books as well.

You can also use Book Search to explore books you might be interested in reading after (gasp) reaching the final page (page 608 in my copy). I came across this wonderfully helpful book I've been meaning to buy. A search for "wizards, castles and brooms" brought up other promising finds, including a book by Diana Wynne Jones called Howl's Moving Castle, which like the Harry Potter books has been made into a movie (this one created by the Japanese master of animation, Hayao Miyazaki). In the same search, I discovered The Book of Wizard Craft, aimed at helping us Muggles bring some magic into our own homes.

As for my son and me, we're still making our way through Harry Potter #5, and with all the excitement about the finale, we can't wait to get to the action in #6 and #7. And, like most fans, we can't help but wonder: What on earth will J.K. Rowling do next? We can hardly wait, but for now, we'll just keep reading!


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