The Last Chapter

Saying Goodbye to Tony & Harry

It’s been a month since the HBO series The Sopranos faded to black, the details of New Jersey gangster Tony Soprano’s destiny left ambiguous. In just a week—but who’s counting?—the last book in the Harry Potter series will reveal how this story winds up, too, and we will see whether the world’s most famous high-school hero ever makes it to graduation. This is a summer of pop-culture desertification, of long-dreaded endings that will be argued over for years. (And...

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About the Author

Melinda Henneberger, a Commonweal columnist, is the former editor-in-chief of