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A Night to Remember

By Jess D'Amico in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 21, 2007 7:16PM

2007_07_21_Potter_gasp.jpgAlthough we missed out on the Chicagoland events yesterday, we did manage to get our hot little hands on a copy of Harry Potter's final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, while we're weekending in Nashville.

The West End Borders was amuck with parents and kids, teenagers and not a few twenty-somethings such as ourselves, crowded in corners and costumed as a favorite character, or as one girl we saw, simply with a broom (for our part, we went with a friend dressed as Narcissa and Beatrix). We didn't head out there at 9 a.m. to get a wristband early in the order books were passed out, so we were pretty far back in the line. We waited until midnight for the camaraderie and overheard speculations about what would happen in Hallows, and then got tired of waiting and went to Wal-Mart, where there was a opened crate of books sitting unattended and only a few people picking up copies.

We have so far refrained from opening it, because although we want to read it soon in order not to hear spoilers from anyone else, we want to be able to savor and thoroughly spend time enjoying Hallows, the last of our beloved series.

How is your Harry Potter fix? Did you go out last night to celebrate the last book, or wait to find it on your doorstep this morning?

Note: If you've got spoilers, please don't ruin it for everybody else.

Image via Cayusa.