Your Potter Roundup

Jonathan Last has all the predictions you'll need. Megan McArdle and Kieran Healy, meanwhile, remind me why Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - where the Lost-style "everybody acts like idiots" phenomenon they identify was at its worst - was far and away the most irritating book in the saga. Meanwhile, this old John Holbo post identifies the pastiche (actually, one of several pastiches) that's at the heart of the Potter mystique.

As for me, just like with The Sopranos finale, I'm going to be behind the pop-culture times: I'll be occupied all weekend and won't even get to start reading the book till Sunday night at the earliest. So expect blogging to be light till then, since I'll be on something of a media fast.