I was actually expecting something much darker - I mean, the subtitle is "and the Deathly Hallows."
As you may have noticed in the sidebar, I have started re-reading the first book in the series. I hope/plan to get through all of them before the new book is out in July.
I'm thinking this for a tentative schedule:
March - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
April - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban
May - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
June - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
July (ending on my birthday, July 20th) - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I think I can do it. I want to space the books out so that I don't overdose while, at the same time, whetting my appetite for the final book. Beginning my re-read last night, I realized how much I've missed reading these books. I have not read one since Half-Blood Prince came out. Now I have to (spring) train myself for the bonanza that will be July 21st.
I already have it all planned: I'll get the book at midnight(ish), power walk back to the apartment, read for two hours, sleep, awake at 10, make breakfast and tea, put first movie soundtrack on, read, lunch, read, dinner, read until done. The entire time, I will rotate the movie soundtracks and beverages of choice (tea, hot chocolate, gourmet coffee, red wine, and always with a bottle of water). But I will be huddled in my bed reading and, most likely crying, until I am done.
Sorry for anyone who may visit that weekend - I am ignoring you. Knock on my door and loose a hand.