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British Author J.K. Rowling says Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows — the last of seven instalments of the boy wizard’s adventures — will be published July 21.

How does J.K. Rowling feel now that she has finished the seventh and final Harry Potter book?

As the author herself confided Tuesday on her website, “Charles Dickens put it better than I ever could: ‘It would concern the reader little, perhaps, to know how sorrowfully the pen is laid down at the close of a two-years’ imaginative task; or how an Author feels as if he were dismissing some portion of himself into the shadowy world, when a crowd of the creatures of his brain are going from him for ever.’ ”

And, Rowling added in her own words, “to which I can only sigh, try seventeen years, Charles.”

Rowling announced Feb. 1 that Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows would come out July 21, bringing to an end one of the great phenomena of literary history. More than 325 million copies of the first six books have sold.

“I always knew that Harry’s story would end with the seventh book but saying goodbye has been just as hard as I always knew it would be,” she writes.

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