(Tom) Riddle me this, whether you stayed up all night like me reading the last Harry Potter book, or want to have nothing to do with the story … Can you imagine life (and the kind of phone call mischievousness) if you were the REAL Harry Potter?Canada’s National Post has the story of a man totally unrelated to the wizarding world.
(And I don’t refer to the epilogue of the book, which – my opinion only, mind – I would describe as needlessly cutesy, after the sheer number of deaths in the book. Maybe Rowling had readers who made it illegally available on the web in mind, knowing that those folks would simply skip ahead to the end.)
The Chicago Tribune’s review is much more thoughtful than that of the New York Times or Baltimore Sun, which raced to get their opinions out before the actual release.
Now again really. While the Britons already have their copies of the last Harry Potter book well in hand, if they waited for Friday midnight GMT, those of us in North America still have a few more hours to count down.
On the West Coast, Skylight Books of Los Angeles is running an all night reading party, Seattle’s Occidental Park is featuring a free screening at 9:15 p.m. of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, and tomorrow Tacoma’s own Firenze and the Centaurs of the Forbidden Forest will perform at the University Book Store, 1754 Pacific Ave. In Sherwood, Oregon (greater Portland), MudPuddles is holding a party focused for children.
Here in Houston, the Children’s Museum is running a 4 hour long party, called Perfectus 2007, sponsored by the local Harry Potter meetup group, who seem like a really great bunch. A local wizard rock band will be playing, costumes will be rated in contests for adults and children, there will be panel discussions and much more.