July 16, 2005

Harry Potter

Well, I'm half way through book 6, and taking a break from reading for a bit. I won't put any spoilers up here (yet!), but so far this book appears to be a solidly written novel that fits in well with the series. I'm glad to see Harry seems to have pulled his head in a bit since Book 5!

So did I go out and buy it at midnight last night? Nope – I waited until this morning. However, I can empathise with those who did – I imagine it's not so much about a "can't live without Harry Potter" type addiction, but more a way of socialising with people with similar interests, and just a chance to have a good time.

I was present at the release of the latest version of the MacOS, which was also the opening of the Birmingham Apple store. That, to some, would rank way up there in the geek hall of fame, and possibly even greater than buying Harry Potter at midnight. But for me, queuing for two hours surrounded by Apple fans was more a social thing than anything. A common interest helps in social relations – I'm sure there's something in my Social Psychology notes to explain that.

What I'm trying to say is the subject of interest is not necessarily the motive in itself, but a means of facilitating interaction. While it's unlikely you'd have a good time queuing for something that did not interest you, the thing you're queuing for is merely one part of the enjoyment which such an event can bring.

So to sum up, it's not that sad, waiting until midnight for the release of a book!

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  1. if you fancy sharing you views once you've finished I've started up the first blog with a spoiler comment box for us lucky people who have read the whole thing and want to discuss and speculate-you're right, it is social and I just can't wait to start pulling it apart with like-minded people!

    (I didn't queue at midnight either though, my mum ordered them through Amazon so it came about 9am Saturday!)

    19 Jul 2005, 21:53

  2. Finished Harry Potter 6 the other week, and am still in shock over what happened … It cannot be!!!couldn't put this book down, and ahve a feeling that Snape may not be as evil as we are being led to believe.

    29 Jul 2005, 11:11

  3. sniggers

    Yup, that's my excuse and dang it, I'll stick to it!

    Plus it's fun to go to Tesco at midnight with your best friend.

    23 Aug 2005, 20:45

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