Ok, how am I going to do this?
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is out July 16 and this of course means that a revision of previous works is in order. What is needed is a little planning. Briefly then the objectives are these:
1. Jo has confessed to scattering the tomes with clues as to what will finally happen. Apparently blokes on the fansites have actually cracked IT, but I can't say I have. I have no idea if Harry and LV are two halves of the same whole or if Neville is actually the real Harry Potter. Since this is a little galling, I must go over the books with a finetoothed comb, scan for rats and herrings, ignore the trees to see the forest and emerge… with a theory.
2. Additionally, I need to be totally referenced-to-context, to have all the facts at my fingertips, remember past happenings so as to at once grasp any connections made in HBP.
3. Plus, of course, the reading needs to lead upto July 16 so precisely as to crank up my enthusiasm and then be rewarded! It will not do to finish early and torture myself with impatience.
So then, what's the plan?
Countdown. Today is March 4, which leaves us with 133 days. Cool, because there just happen to be 132 chapters in all! What if starting tomorrow, I read one - just one - chapter a day? (Insert maniacal derisive laughter) Ok, there are serious feasibility problems there - I couldn't possibly put down the book after a measly chapter.
This is a seriously good plan on paper. Spacing out the chapters would've allowed for serious rumination and absorption. Don't see it happening, though.
Start tomorrow and go through the lot. Pay special attention to Chamber of Secrets and Order of the Phoenix. Read last chapters devoted to battle in Ministry with care - many clues therein, something tells me. Allow week's sinkage time and oh, also allot time for incidentals such as work and deadlines. Start all over again. Repeat till July 16.
Right, it's Plan B then.