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I have absolutely no interest in Harry Potter fandom, but I do enjoy the books (and movies).

I just finished "Deathly Hallows" and enjoyed it thoroughly. I thought it was a satisfying finish to the series.

Nonetheless, I have a question: Why all the fuss about preordering and lining up?

I waltzed into my nearest chain bookstore on Sunday afternoon and there were huge piles of the book everywhere. There was an automatic 20% off the sticker price, and I was eligible for an additional 10% membership discount, so cost wasn't a big factor (come to think of it, I also had a $5 coupon that I neglected to use).

I am also a huge spoiler whore, so I didn't feel a pressing need to get the book OMG Rightaway, but I did make more of an effort to procure DH on the first weekend so that I didn't spoiler myself right out of any need to read it. I also work weekends, so I did not have the option of taking a day off to read it immediately. And the store wasn't crowded, so I was able to take my time browsing and also bought a Lucrezia Borgia biography and a few novels (they have had a "buy 3 get one free" promotion all summer, who am I to resist?). Over the last two evenings I didn't even read DH exclusively, I started with a mystery and then switched back and forth between Harry and Lucrezia and the latest "Vanity Fair". So, while speed of acquisition was somewhat of a factor, but not a deal breaker for me.

Anyways, I hope that anyone who cares enjoys this final chapter, and that those of you who really don't care manages to survive the next little while.
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