Saturday, July 21, 2007
HARRY POTTER PLACE
Last night was so much fun. I kept thinking about J K Rowling and what she must think of this phenomenon, which has gone down in the history books.
Before I write about Soho's Party, I have to give a shout out to my hometown, which apparently goes ALL OUT for this stuff. They were expecting about half the town to show up yesterday, and I am sure they were right. And why not, the bookstore hosting it all, had all of this planned. I am so proud of this bookstore because Barnes and Noble moved in down the street several years ago, and they are still going strong!
My sister attended the Naperville bash, so I am looking forward to her report.
As for us, we headed downtown to the Scholastic Bookstore and the outdoor street party called HARRY POTTER PLACE, our handmade wands in hand...thanks Design Mom.
I thought going early would mean beating the crowds.
The line to the Knight Bus was pretty short. It was fun to stand there and take in all the fans. We got SEVERAL photos taken by Entertainment Weekly, so keep your eye out, just in case...and once we got to the bus, there wasn't much to see, just a tiny little interior...oh well.
Then we got hotdogs and strolled up to the entrance of the party, only to find there was a line a block and a half long. BUT, it didn't take any time at all to get into the party. I loved that Mercer street happened to be cobblestoned. I loved the little stuffed owls here and there. I loved the street performers and the fans. I loved the Womping Willow tree. We made wands and enjoyed the performances the most of everything. By the time we were interested in face painting, the line was pretty long, and my girls were getting sleepy, so we got ice cream and went home. I made a little video of the experience:
On our way out we saw the line forming to receive the book at midnight. The first girls in line had been there since 7:30 AM. Now, THAT's hardcore. I will be just as happy to hear my bell ring when the UPS man arrives tomorrow morning. Happy Reading.