I admit it. I've read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I read it the day it was released. I love those damn books.

It happened by accident. I was one of those people who disdained the adults who carried around Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone when it was first published 10 years ago. All I could think was, "It's kids' book, you sad, simple idiots." I refused to even pick it up.

Then there was this road trip with my sister and her kids. They were little. 5 and 7 years old. So we passed the time by reading them the damn Harry Potter books in the car. We started with the first one. I was rolling my eyes and hoping not to be too bored with the book. This was the summer that The Prisoner of Azkaban was published.

By the middle of the first book, I was hooked. We finished all three of the books by the time we came to the end of the road. I was miffed that the rest of the books weren't ready for my immediate consumption. I still kind of feel like books that are published in series should be published in two or three book blocks. But I managed to live with the suspense for a year and then went and bought The Goblet of Fire.

I only thought a year was too long. By the time Order of the Phoenix arrived in book stores, I was so put out that JK Rowling took more than a year to get a book out that I almost didn't buy it. I mean the nerve. But I did. And I read it in one sitting. I still divorced myself from the 'mania', though by not buying the books the moment they were published. I waited some months. I was casual about it. Until the Deathly Hallows.

I ordered it on Amazon almost as soon as it became available. I had guaranteed delivery on the 21st. I made no plans for the weekend so I could read the book. I was afraid that if I waited around I'd encounter spoilers. Dear god, how did this happen? I hate that I love them, but I love them, anyway. I was swept up in Pottermania. Oh, the shame. Not to diminish the quality of the books. They're good, but I'm still ashamed.

Hello, my name is Dorothy and I'm a Potterholic.