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Tom, Dick and Harry...no..Harry, Harry and Harry!!!

The Potter mania did get to me two years ago when I was forced to read the fifth book that was gifted to me. Now, why would anyone send me such a gift? What sadistic pleasures does one get in seeing me run to the library and lug home the other four books to even comprehend my new gift? Luckily for me and my friend, I was not disappointed with the books. I even loved them. So I waited for the sixth book, not in bated breath; but in the breath of a person who has conquered patience (only regarding Harry Potter). So I didn’t pre-order the book thinking that it shouldn’t wholly matter to me even if I chanced upon a friend’s copy a whole year later as long as they don’t tell me who died. My pre-order amount would have made it to Rowling’s baby’s diapers. I’d be added to the statistics, rounded off to the nearest million and gloated about worldwide. All this I could do without.

On Friday night, there were gushing Potter parties in all the book stores. Fans walking with the books claiming that they had read the book in 4 hours till the wee hours of Saturday morning. Whether it was the radio, TV, newspaper, elevator, public bathrooms or even the blogworld, I wasn’t going to be spared from this frenzy. Before someone blurted out who died, I succumbed and bought a book on Sunday even though I had no time to read the traffic signs on the way to work let alone a 635(+/-) page book. On monday, a gift arrived wrapped in an Amazon box with large prints of Harry Potter all around. I hoped it was a ticket to Tanzania. On Tuesday, I got another gift box with the same credentials. A diamond set, at last, I thought.

So here I am, stuck with three ‘The Half Blood Prince’ (or One-and-a-Half Blood Prince) considering what a crazed fan I am. JKR got more than she bargained for from me alone. Three months supply of diapers.

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