Fans to Toast Last 'Potter' Book

Posted July 17, 2007
Updated July 18, 2007

Pottermania is back and stronger than ever.

The July 11 release of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” broke box-office records, with an estimated one-day total of $44.2 million in ticket sales. This week, the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter book series hits stores and promises to claim its own place in the record books.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," author J.K. Rowling’s final puzzle piece, arrives in stores nationwide Saturday. Booksellers around the Triangle are preparing for the event with pre-sales and parties.

Wake County

• Midnight Release Celebration: A celebration with potions, owls, games, activities, crafts and a sorting hat starts at 7 p.m. Friday and leads up to the midnight sale. Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard Road, Cary. 919-467-3866.

• Release Party: Prizes, activities and more from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. Barnes & Noble, Crabtree Valley Mall, 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-782-0030.

• Harry Potter Party: Festivities, including a raffle to win a trip for four to London, begin at 10 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh. 919-828-1588.

• Grand Hallows Ball: A Friday evening of wizardly activities, games and giveaways at all Borders locations: 1541 Beaver Creek Commons Drive, Apex, 919-363-8446; 1751 Walnut St., Cary, 919-469-1930; 404-101 E. Six Forks Road, Raleigh, 919-755-9424; and 8825 N. Six Forks Road, Raleigh, 919-845-1154.

Durham County

• Harry Potter Countdown Mania: Four days of Potter movies leading up to the book release. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at 6 p.m. Tuesday; “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” at 6 p.m. Wednesday; “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” at 6 p.m. Thursday; and “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” at 3 p.m. Friday. Children’s program room of the Durham County Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. 919-560-0100.

• Closing the Book: A free party featuring a magic show, costume contest, trivia, wizard crafts, door prizes, snacks and more. 9-11 a.m., Saturday. Emily Krzyzewski Center, 904 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 919-560-0122.

• Midnight Magic Party: Dress as your favorite character and be prepared for magical events, starting at 8 p.m. Friday. Bracelets will be handed out at 4 p.m. for places in line at midnight. Barnes & Noble, 5400 New Hope Commons, Durham. 919-489-3012.

• Midnight Madness: Fortune telling, costumes, sorting hat and readings from the first six books begin at midnight Friday at Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. 919-286-2700.

• Grand Hallows Ball: A Friday evening of wizardly activities, games and giveaways. Waldenbooks, 1058 West Club Blvd., Durham, 919-286-5868.

• Midnight Magic: Activities, prizes, giveaways and more Potter fun. Barnes & Noble, The Streets at Southpoint, 8030 Renaissance Pkwy., Durham. 919-806-1930.

Orange County

• Harry Potter Release Party: An evening of contests, activities, performances and refreshments starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Market Street Books, 610 Market St., Chapel Hill. 919-933-5111.

• Pre-Midnight Madness: Music, costume contest, character appearances, door prizes and more. 10 p.m.-midnight Friday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Brick Alley Books, 121 N. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-245-0062.

• Grand Hallows Ball: A Friday evening of wizardly activities, games and giveaways. Borders,1807 Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-929-8332.


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  • meh_whatever Jul 20, 2007

    Pentecostal. That's very interesting. It also explains a great deal. I'd assumed as much, but I would never have asked if you hadn't offered, 'One Good Dad'. My dad's family are all Pentecostals and I don't think I've ever been more freaked out than the first time I went to a tent revival. (I was about 7 at the time). People crawling down the aisles, speaking in tongues, this traveling minister yelling and telling everyone how sinful they were and to repent. They were grabbing people out of the crowd, and as a little girl, I remember trying not to look directly at the minister (he looked very angry), so he wouldn't grab me, too.
    My grandparents seemed completely unfazed by all this, and my brother (he was 3) was sitting next to me, clutching my arm with his mouth wide open. I remember it like it was yesterday, really.

    Nobody should have to be frigtened into faith. Nobody should be frightened of a book, either, but apparently you are. If being scared is your thing, have at it.

  • chemtechii Jul 20, 2007

    "Wanna read a fun story? Read the Bible." --One "Good" Dad

    That's right kiddies---go read the Bible and learn how King Saul visited a witch and conjured up the dead spirit of the prophet Samuel. Or better yet, go read how to murder, rape, and destroy innocent people like the god of the bible and his followers (yes--little g--when he deserves respect I'll give it to him!).

  • Decker Jul 20, 2007

    One Good Dad, why do you feel it your point to push your religion upon us? I understand you have your feelings on GOD. But sometimes you need not to push your religion. Because believe it or not. They are your beliefs. I have my beliefs. My beliefs show that Harry Potter does more good then bad. It has taught several children how to read.

  • One Good Dad Jul 19, 2007

    Read the Bible on a regular basis and you'll figure out what makes me tick.

  • jetstream Jul 19, 2007

    Why can't you just answer my questions? Maybe I want to learn what makes your kind tick.

  • One Good Dad Jul 19, 2007

    jetstream, you have absoultly no idea what your talking about. You must have no spiritual life whatsoever. I'm a Pentacostal Christian. We do not believe like you do. You can believe anyway you want to. We believe in what the Bible says about Spiritual Wickedness in high places. It is what it cannot take a pig out of a pigpin....clean him up....and think that he will stay out of the pigpin. As soon as you turn your back, he's right back in the pigpin again. My point being....Harry Potter is a wicked black magic movie that is destroying the children of today's mind and you are to blind to see it. It will always be a wicked cannot clean it up. It is a terrible movie for born again Christians to be watching. Especially children. This movie is spiritually raping children's innocent minds. And if you want to take your kids to see it, then shame on you. Only you will be standing before God one day to give a account of your life. is your choice.

  • mom2-1 Jul 19, 2007

    If I remember my Bible lessons correctly we are told not to judge one another and are given the freedom of personal choice. Therefore I do not think that some people should be casting such large stones over people choosing to read a FICTIONAL book. I mean talking about demons, I think that is going a little far. But I would like to know, what do you think about Jesus turning water to wine? (Yes I know it is a miracle but if you want to read magic and evil into stuff someone could do the same with the water to wine.)

  • jetstream Jul 19, 2007

    One Good Dad,

    Still spewing your mess are you? You still have yet to acknowledge why you feel it is not a sin to be so judgemental of us. Well?

    I also saw someone ask about the very Christian Chronicles of Narnia and other Christian based stories that have a fantasy element to them. Do you disapprove of those? Oh, what about Veggie Tales, Thomas the Tank Engine, or JJ the Jet Plane? I'm sure those are filled with Satan too.

    As I have said before sweetheart, your children will rebel. They always do! Just be prepared. My Aunt and Uncle tried to shelter their kids too and it backfired. Same thing. Tried to prevent Harry Potter, movies they felt were evil and music not deemed Christian. None of my cousins want anything to do with their father. He is a man of the bible too. So sad. Don't do that to your family. That is the true SIN!

  • One Good Dad Jul 19, 2007

    Thankyou French Fry.

  • USN Vet Jul 19, 2007

    Amen One Good Dad. I agree with you. They kicked biooya off of here for comments that WRAL said were abusive, so so he asked me to step in. I support you.