This weekend I finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and began Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (books one and two). This is the third read-through for me; the first time aloud to the kids as they were released and the second time two years ago just before book six was released. Each time I read them I see more hints and clues about the future books. Of course, it was difficult to see those hints and clues in the first read-through when I didn’t have the advantage of having already read the rest of the series.

I will be very sorry for the series to end. But I have to know if Professor Dumbledore is really dead! I don’t think he is. I noticed when I reread The Sorcerer’s Stone this last time, the very first time we meet Dumbledore, he makes the statement that he would trust Hagrid with his life. Hagrid is the one who carries Dumbledore’s presumably lifeless body away at the end of book six. I am sure that Hagrid took him somewhere and cared for him and hid him until Dumbledore was able to recover from whatever enchantment made him appear dead.

J.K. Rowling is an amazing author. She meshes the world we currently live in with the wizarding world so believably. She states that she knew how the story would end the very first time the story idea occurred to her. Maybe it will seem obvious once I’ve read book seven, but right now I cannot imagine how the series will end. I can’t wait to find out, though!