My boys prepared themselves for the final installment by rereading the entire J. K. Rowling series. They coordinated their efforts perfectly. When volume 7 arrived in Saturday’s mail, volume 6 had just been finished by brother #1 and passed along to brother #2, with the promise not to reveal the climactic ending.
Their silent concentration was only interrupted by the occasional query, “Hey, what page are you on?” and a brief dinner break which fortified them for the long evening ahead. They actually finished their respective books at the same time (1:30 A.M.) and met in the hallway outside their bedrooms to make the ceremonious pass-off.
They’ve remained true to their word. No one read the last chapter first or prematurely “spilled the beans” as to how the saga ends. I can think of few better tests of fraternal loyalty. It’s good to see what honorable young men we’ve raised!