Am I the only Potterhead that’s feeling a little let down by the scale of the celebrations surrounding the impending release of the
penultimate volume of the series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows? If I recall correctly, there were all kinds of crazy events relating to the release of book six, including several cites that built real-life replicas of Diagon Alley. With this release, I haven’t seen plans for anything aside from JK Rowling’s midnight reading/signing in London, and the requisite late night releases at big chain stores in malls all over the country. I was really hoping to find something big and fun to do on Friday night, but so far the only party I’ve been able to dig up is the midnight release at Barnes & Noble at The Grove. Given that the Harry Potter Los Angeles community is heading over there, I’m guessing it’s the place to be, but that’s kind of a bummer. At the very least, I’d rather give my hard saved Hallows money to a local book slinger. Anybody know of other Potter release parties that might be worth checking out?
Addendum 1: Just discovered that Scholastic has a Potter Party Finder that might be useful for some people. Most of the L.A. events it lists are at Borders or, strangely, Kmart, but it did include Skylight so I guess that’s where I’m going.
Addendum 2: Hmmm…looks like it may be the heavy hand of Warner Bros. that’s raining on the party parade.