Harry Potter mania in Mville
August 28, 2008 · Updated 10:52 AM
Fans flock to library for book release
MARYSVILLE Like Dumbledores Army, Harry Potter fans gathered in their own Room of Requirement the Marysville Library to be among the first to learn the fate of their favorite wizard.
The library was one of thousands of bookstores and libraries nationwide hosting a July 20 party to celebrate the midnight release of the seventh and final book in author J.K. Rowlings celebrated childrens series.
About 250 people attended the Marysville party attired as wizards, Muggles and magical creatures, taking part in the two hours of festivities scheduled before the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Library events for the fans included a Jeopardy-style trivia contest, a costume contest and a potions demonstration. The night culminated, of course, at midnight when local bookstore Bookworks opened their doors to hand out the new book.
The party quickly dissipated as fans collected their books and hurried home to discover Harrys fate.
Erin Allender clutched her copy of the new book outside the library as she talked with friends. Allender, who appeared to be in her 20s, said she got swept up in the series around the release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the series third title, and took time this summer to reread the first six books in preparation for book seven.
Im going home and Im going to read until I fall asleep, she announced.
Of the series, she added half-jokingly, It is the greatest thing to happen to literature since Oscar Wilde, D.H. Lawrence and the Bible.
The books may be anticipated nearly as widely as the titles Allender mentioned.
In addition to two pre-orders for the new book on CD, Bookworks owner Mary Burns said at the party she was asked to ship books to some unexpected places.
Im sending a lot of them. People are sending them to prisons, she said, adding that shes shipping a copy to another Potter fan moved to Idaho since ordering the latest title from her.
Burns estimates she sold about 180 copies of the book on the first day alone.
The Sno-Isle Library system is circulating 250 copies of the book. Nineteen of those copies were available at midnight in the Marysville library. As of July 23, the Monday after the books release, another 1,070 members across the system are waiting for a copy to become available.
But Marysvilles managing librarian Maggie Buckholz advises the waiting not to despair.
People are reading through it very quickly, so its moving through. I remember being 500 once a list for a Tony Hellerman book, and that took me about five weeks to get that one, she said. These are going through quicker than that one. A lot of people read it that very same day and brought it back so it could be lent to the next person.
Buckholz added that Rowlings series has helped build teen literacy.
Well I think its been a great series to get kids interested in reading. Actually people of all ages. . Kids who read through that and get excited and want more, she said. If people loved the Harry Potter series, they should come see us because theres a lot of good literature out there.