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Cutting to the Core

30-day countdown for last dance with Satan

30-day countdown for last dance with Satan

by Corey Russell

Finally, by the time these musings hit the press, I'll have just 30 days before the seventh and final Harry Potter book is released.

I have a ton of other things to worry about until then (bills, feeding the family, my bald head in the hot sun), but in truth, 12:01 a.m., July 21 is never far from my mind. I know that might sound strange to some but trust me, I'm beyond caring.

The book will be out in just one month but that's way too long, I want it out NOW! What if I die before July 21? That would stink. What would stink worse would be if I died on the way home from the store after purchasing a copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

I have often wondered if J.K. Rowling would let some poor kid in the Ronald McDonald house read the book before the official release date in case he wasn't going to make it to July 21.... I wonder what she would say?

If I can make it home with my copy I'll be OK. Tanya's already been given instructions...leave me alone. She'll have to entertain Piper for the weekend because I'll be reading.

I wish Tanya enjoyed reading as much as myself or Piper. The Cub is always dragging around a book, looking at it periodically and pretending to read to herself. I can't wait until the day when I can present her my battered and reread copies of Rowling's series. When Tanya and I take Piper to Thailand to see the family I'm going to buy the complete series written in Thai for Tanya. Then I'm sure she'll be into it as much as me.

Until then she'll just have to deal with my obsession.

Why am I so obsessed with the Harry Potter series? I guess good writing. I don't feel gay so I'm sure that's not it. I'm not a kid. I'll be 38 by the time the book is released. I don't read much other fiction except for maybe Stephen King. I prefer non-fiction myself.

But for some reason I feel like I did when I was still in elementary school and it was November 25, one month to go until Christmas. The word is excited. And it's an excitement that's beyond anything I've felt since I was a little kid, and that feels good.

Sometimes as an adult we forget what it was like to be a kid and for some reason, Rowling completely tosses me back to a summer I spent when I was 11 years old and the long days would be spent totally immersed in some book.

I hope I'm not painting myself as a geek. I did do other things like football and basketball but give me a good book, and I was completely happy.

So why? Why does Rowling have so much power over me and countless others. I mean she's a BILLIONAIRE and she did it by writing only six books. The seventh one hasn't even come out yet, plus she still has three more movies to be released.

So again I ask, why do her books hold so much power? All I can figure out is that Rowling must be in league with Satan.

Who else could make me neglect my family for two, three, four or however many days it takes for me to finish one of her books. I'm seriously considering taking my vacation when the book comes out so I can read it twice. (I'm only kidding, Honey)

I wouldn't be surprised if there are more Harry Potter fans in this world than there are Christians or Muslims. And there's a lot of Muslims. What else can explain how Rowling has gotten so many people over to her cause. It has to be Satan.

Unless she's just a talented writer. Say maybe the most talented writer ever. Up there with C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Judy Blume and possibly even John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Nah, it has to be she's tied up with Satan.

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