Friday, July 20, 2007

HP & the Deathly Hallows, b&n party

Spoiler Free Book 7 Trailer

Well the time has come for all of you Harry Potter fans out there. Harry Potter, and the Deathly Hallows is finally here! In just a matter of hours, millions of people everywhere will be curled up with the book in bed, reading through the night to see what finally happens to the boy who lived.

Several weeks ago, I urged you to reserve your copy of the book, and to start brushing up on your Potter knowledge in order to be prepared for book seven. If you still haven't reserved your copy, it's not too late to do so. Simply call up your local bookseller right now, and you'll be set.

I swung by our local Barnes & Noble down at Lincoln Square to find out a timeline, or schedule of events, for tomorrow night's party. Here's the skinny.

7:30: Registration table opens. When you register, you will be given a wristband. Two types of wristbands will be given out, one for those who pre-ordered their book, another for those who didn't. Tim, our friendly B&N Event Coordinator, strongly urges you to reserve (pre-order) your copy of the book. You won't have to wait in line as long if you do. The Lincoln Square B&N number is 212-595-6859.

8:00: The costume contest begins at 8:00. If you plan to participate, you will need to sign up at the registration table from 7:30 - 8:00. The contest will be broken up into three categories, age 12 and below, ages 13 to 19, and adults. Broadway tickets will be given to the first-place winner in each category. Pretty fabulous if you ask me. Perhaps I'll dress up as Rita Skeeter.
There will be lots of fun activities to participate in; face painting, a balloon man, and a fortune teller. There will even be a craft table where you can make bookmarks. Of course this time is also a prime opportunity for peruse the shelves for new books.

If you're an avid reader like me, Harry Potter won't last you long. Might I suggest a book or two, if you are young I'd suggest the Uglies trilogy, Uglies, Pretties, or Specials, by Scott Westerfield. If you are a teen or an adult let me point you in the direction of the Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss.

10:00: Wizards Chess will take place in the event space on the third floor. How cool is that, need I say more?

11:00: The lines begin. The Barnes & Noble staff will politely usher all patrons out of the store to form lines. One line for those who pre-ordered, the other for those who just show up. Your wristbands are not numbered, so be prepared to just get in line and wait your turn regardless of what time you signed in. There will be a little shelter from the scaffolding just outside the building in case of rain, but come prepared anyway, bring your umbrella.

12:01: The books go on sale. I've been assured that the lines will move quickly, but since they will process the pre-ordered line first, pre-ordered yours so you don't have to wait as long. Have I mentioned that enough?

Subway ride home: Please take care that you don't get too sucked into your book. You probably don't want to look up at the end of chapter four and realize you're up in the Bronx, or clear down at Coney Island.

Until Monday, Happy Reading!

p.s. Remember to stop and eat every now and then. Oh, and it would be nice if you remember to shower.

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