Harry Potter Madness

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Don’t worry — this post contains no spoilers.
Last night, my friend Cailin and I found a way to successfully enjoy the fun of being with the crazy Harry Potter fans at Borders and still get copies of the book by 12:15 AM. First, we headed over to the flagship Borders a few blocks from my house to observe the madness which included a “Great Snape Debate” (will he be good or evil?) and a costume contest, which really should have been won by the so-realistic-he’s-actually-frightening Voldemort. While he was willing to pose for pictures with anyone and everyone, ask him a simple question and he stayed remarkably in character, yelling and shouting and even causing a little kid to burst into tears. However, I think because the crowd so “hated” him, someone else wound up winning the contest.
But I don’t actually know that for sure… Cailin and I left at about 11:30, just before they crowned the winner. Because you see, we were heading across town to another location that was selling the book at midnight, but not advertising it — Kroger’s grocery store. Upon arrival at Border’s at 9:30, we were informed that all of their copies were pre-sold and there would be no more for “late” comers. (Three hours early is late?!?!) At Kroger’s, where we arrived at almost exactly midnight, there was only a short line of people, all waiting to buy the same book. Unlike Jeff’s experience, no one flipped through to the end to announce spoilers as there was barely enough time before you got to the self check-out.
And so, with the madness still going on on State Street, I was home by 12:30, safely in bed reading all about how Voldemort wins and everybody else dies. I mean, uh… nevermind. I promised no spoilers.

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3 responses

  1. I am astonished to what degree the hype surrounding the new release accomplished its object: taking more dollars per printed page from readers in the shortest time possible [in order to print more second printing issues of the book to repeat the phenomenon among those who missed phase one]: one could call it Unfazed by Phases.
    Only the felt pleasure of coming to the final transaction can (and does) explain it, but the wonder of it all sticks in the brain like a brand, an unanswered question … a cry for help. We do demand heroes, and we will decry what heroes we actually have.

  2. Even though my girlfriend had pre-ordered a copy at Borders, we ended up following your path (originally suggested to me by one of the guys in my office who had tried it for the Half-Blood Prince release), since I didn’t really want to be stuck in a crowd at Borders until 3 AM. We stopped by Borders for a little bit, escaped the craziness right before midnight, and headed over to Kroger to wait

  3. (last part of comment got cut off)
    to wait less than 10 minutes. I think I saw you escaping as we headed in!