Until several weeks ago, I had only read the first Harry Potter book and wasn't that impressed with it. Then, while I was standing in line at midnight at our local Harry Potter release party for the seventh book, surrounded by people who'd read the entire series, I realized that I was spending nearly $30 on a book only one of my kids was going to read in the near future. I also realized how silly it was that I hadn't read them, when I read so much. So I asked around: would it be okay to see movies 2 through 4, and then start with book 5? It's totally against my book-reading protocol to do that, but I couldn't face that many pages when I had seen movies 1-4 and didn't feel like I had the time. So anyway, my friends reluctantly replied that I could probably get away with it.
So I read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and then Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, all within a couple of weeks, finishing the seventh one at 2:30 am on a Wednesday morning. I guess you could say I got happily sucked into the story, maybe even a little obsessed. They're really quite good! I know there are lots of people who've been saying that for a long time, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well Rowling keeps up the suspense. Now I'm making my oldest write an essay about similarities between Voldemort and the Death Eaters and Hitler and the Nazis. Fun!