Tomorrow (though technically Saturday) marks the midnight release of the 7th and supposed final book in the Harry Potter series, and I for one will be glad when it's over. Not only because of the extra work and grumpy customers I've come across in the past few days, but because I'd love to return to a world where everyone is interested in, and reading, different books. Here's a great article written by someone much more articulate than me.
I will say, though, that I've never seen a series of books or movies do so much for knitting. Both incarnations treat knitting as an integral part of life that represents domesticity and love, and while the knitted objects themselves weren't always treasured, they were recognized for what they meant, and I think that's really great. I hope everyone can appreciate the knitters in their lives, maybe not for the finished products, but for what all those yarn loops mean: great affection.
And if you need some Harry Potter inspired affection, there's no better place than this book.