Aaron and I had so much fun at the Harry Potter release party last night, I wanted to fill you all in. We drove the hour and a half to El Paso and were able to fit in PF Chang's before the big party, which was fantastically delicious, as always. Once we got to Barnes and Noble, it was complete madhouse, but it was so much fun! People of every age were dressed to the nines in their Harry Potter character costumes, tv stations were everywhere and all sorts of fun activities were taking place. There was a very cool magic potion demonstration, fortune telling in Knockturn Alley, a costume contest under the magic broomsticks, read alouds from the book, picture taking, a scavenger hunt and a whole bunch of other stuff. While we waited the 3 hours until midnight, Aaron and I were able to wander around, then plopped ourselves down on the floor and read through books we had been wanting to check out (I got about a 1/4 of the way through Pretties by Scott Westerfeld. YAY!). When it came time for the big release, it was a very exciting moment! We were all lined up at the registers and ready! It was great to get that book in hand and escape out the front doors with it in our possession!!
Typically, we are not the type to attend a party like that. We both love Harry Potter, but A. we go to bed at about 10:30 every night, so staying at B&N until almost 1:00 and then driving almost 2 hours home wasn't a normal move for us and B. we are not crowd people. We would normally just have the book sent to our house on the release date, but being that this is the last book, we figured we would make a night of it and are so glad we did. We made our own t-shirts for the occasion with our own "opinion" of what readers should do (Aaron actually made the shirts, I just found the slogan hehe) and took a bunch of pictures, some of which I've included.
Aaron, very excited about the upcoming party!
I really hope that everyone who is participating in the book reading is enjoying it so far. I'm through chapter 10 and keep having to give it up for Aaron to read. We really should have bought two copies to prevent this from happening! I can't wait to read what other people are thinking, but for now, I must go back to reading my own copy!
Free picture, courtesy of B&N
At the end of the night, Aaron in his HP glasses and me holding the newest Fancy Nancy book.