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Published:July 27th, 2007 15:19 EST
Harry Potter Brings 'Deathly Hallows' Midnight Magic Party

Harry Potter Brings 'Deathly Hallows' Midnight Magic Party

By Hedy Phillips

At 12:01 a.m. July 21, the seventh installment of the Harry Potter book series hit bookstores worldwide. At Barnes & Noble in Orlando’s Waterford Lakes, people started showing up as early as 11 a.m. on July 20 to buy J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  To organize people into a line, employees handed out color-coded wristbands at 6 p.m.  People who preordered a book were guaranteed to get theirs first.  Those who had not, had to wait until everyone else was through. 

Barnes & Noble’s Midnight Magic Party started at 9 p.m. with events throughout the store for Muggles and wizards alike to enjoy.  Events included attending a potion lesson, playing seeker for the Quidditch team, taking O.W.L. exams and taking photos.  Prizes were awarded when games were completed.

Not everyone participated in the games, though.  One group of dedicated Muggles got in line to buy their books at 8 p.m.  Johanna Moore, 21, waited with her friends to be the second person to purchase the book.  Moore said, “I’ve waited so long for this book to come out!  I’m so excited.”  Moore said her only concern was who might die in the book.  “I don’t want my favorite characters, the Weasley twins, to die,” she said. 

Moore’s friend, Amanda Sutton, 21, predicted a good outcome for her favorite character, Severus Snape.  “I think Snape’s going to turn out to be good,” she said.  “He’s not bad like everyone thinks.  I have faith in him!”

Employees at Barnes & Noble counted down the last minute to midnight before opening their registers.  Other employees at the door let more people in as others left because the store filled to capacity so quickly.  As the first group exited, everyone outside cheered for the book they had waited so long to buy. 

Fortunately, for fans, though, Rowling said this would not be the last Harry Potter book, as originally planned.  In an interview with The Today Show, Rowling revealed that she will write a Harry Potter encyclopedia to fill in any holes left by her seven other books.  Rowling said, “I’m not going to write it tomorrow…you may be waiting.”  Much of what she will use in the encyclopedia is already in her notes, she said.

Rowling said she would also continue to write other things.   She told the Associated Press, “I can never write anything as popular again.  Lightning does not strike in the same place twice.” 

After reading the interviews, Moore said, “Whatever she writes, I will read it because I fell in love with her writing in Harry Potter.  Her fans will stick by her because she is amazing.”