oh yays! i got my harry potter book, no thanks to having to attend confluence early and subsequently avoid the maddening crowd (and potential queues, though i did have to subscribe to it with xm). through sneaking lines in between office work (it's really easier to sneak writing chunks on blogs, than a big book under my desk), i've managed to reach about chapter 29.
jk rowling is fantastic! this book is better than i can ever imagine. she just manages to churn our surprise after surprise, new magicks, personalities, secrets and stuff after 6 books. if not for the bulk i would have hid in the toilet to finish the book (d'ya reckon i can stuff it in my shirt...??).
i hope there's still life after hogwarts!