Don’t Worry, I Won’t Give Away The Ending (But Bruce Willis is a Ghost!)

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

Divebar‘s show in Berwyn ended around 11:30… perfect timing to stop by the Harry Potter release party on the way back to the city. We eschewed the World Wizarding Watch festivities in Oak Park and headed to a familiar Borders, or as they had dubbed it, “Harry Potter Headquarters.” We also decided that it’s awkward to use the word “eschewed,” even when appropriate.

I’ve got to hand it to Borders. The long snaking lines moved quickly and efficiently. The staff seemed genuinely friendly and excited despite being asked the same questions over and over and over and over again by hundreds of geeked out nutjobs. They kept us entertained while we waited by playing games (Snape Bingo) and dolling out Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavor Beans. One security guard dressed as professor Quirrell stayed surprisingly in character the whole night, nervously shifting his eyes around the room.

In the past I’ve always pre-ordered the books online and had them delivered. Now I wish I hadn’t. I like being in crowds of happy, excited people. I ran into some old friends, made some new friends, and about an hour and a half later, walked out with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Just look how happy everyone is (at this point we’re nearly to the reigsters!):

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I finished the book the next day. My review (until more people have read it): it’s good.

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