Friday, July 20, 2007

Countdown to Potter Party Time

Tonight is the big night for muggles everywhere and I'll be heading out in a few hours to see if I can grab some pictures to share here tomorrow. Less than two hours to go now in London, and I've seen on a couple of book blogs that folks there have been costumed and lined up for several hours already. So camera and fresh batteries in hand, I'll be heading for Barnes & Noble in about five hours to see what's happening there.

For some strange reason that I can't explain even to myself I'm kind of looking forward to this.

Excuse me. I need to take my temperature.


EDIT: From the number of hits I'm getting this afternoon based on the words "Australia, Potter blogs" and similar combinations, I'm assuming that the great unveiling has already happened there. I've received quite a few "hits" today from people searching for Harry Potter Seven "leaks" but, as the day goes on, the "Australia" searches are becoming more common, although I suspect that even those searchers are really just looking for "leaks."

12 comments:

  1. I look forward to your pics Sam. I will have to be careful about blog reading tomorrow though because I can't get over to pick up my book until tomorrow afternoon and I don't want to see spoilers.

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  2. I'm hoping that the pictures come out OK, Amy. I never know under that kind of lighting what I will end up with but I'm hoping to shoot without flash so that they can be color-corrected more easily.

    Don't worry about spoilers on this site. I'll never post that kind of thing and I'll do my best to make sure that no one slips any into the comments.

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  3. I just got back from our local Borders (it's 8pm in my time zone) and the sales clerks were trundling all the racks of DVDs and CDs away into the back of the store to make room for the HP stock. Apparently they will be giving away wands of some sort to the attendees tonight.

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  4. Wow, freebies, Jill? That doesn't sound like Borders OR Barnes & Noble. I suppose that they will be selling a lot of Potter gear for the two or three hours before throwing the book out into the wild and can afford to give away some stuff. Hope I get a wand or something to mark the occasion. :-)

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  5. No advanced copied in Oz! We had to wait til 9:01 am Sat morning....no midnight unveilings here!


    Think we'll be waiting a couple of weeks before getting our copy. By which time no doubt we will know everything about what happens.

    Still, knowing the ending of a book doesn't necessarily diminish the reading. Otherwise why would I ever re-read Jane Austen ;-))

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  6. That sounds like fun! I'm curious to see your photos. It's hard not to get caught up in the excitement. One of the bad things about getting up really early to go to work is that I will be nodding off by the end of the news. I have been reading book 6 as I never got around to it. I had hoped to get it done before Saturday so I could read number 7 along with everyone else, but that is not to be. I am not even halfway through yet. I don't think I will be able to stay awake for an all night reading session like I used to when I was a bit younger! Oh well, as long as I don't see any spoilers in the next few days...

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  7. There was a midnight party at What The Book?

    I like to watch all this excitement. How often do people go ape about books? And when will this happen again?

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  8. I wondered about that, Sally, because it would have led to lots of "legal" leaks, I imagine. I can't figure why so many people are doing search on "Australia blog Harry Potter." Must be something going on somewhere that I've missed.

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  9. Danielle, as you'll see in my post about last night, the evening was impressive in ways that I didn't imagine beforehand, and unimpressive in ways that I thought it would probably shine.

    You know, one of the things I've enjoyed most about not having a regular job for the last four months is the way that I've been able to adjust my sleep habits to a more natural rhythm. I stay up late when I won't too without the pressure of knowing that I have to be at a certain place by a certain time the next day...ready to work. It's been a bit of a treat, that.

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  10. I'm glad that I went through the hassle, bybee. It's not something that I'd won't to do very often, but, then again, this may never happen quite like this again anyway. :-)

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  11. Maybe a whole lot of people just ASSUMED it might be released here earlier? I am quite encouraged that so many people are aware of the time differences - I get some funny comments about times and seasons on my Blog ;-) But then again, they are reading type people....so a certain lever of erudition can be excpected. LOL.

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  12. That's probably what it was, Sally. I wondered myself how they were going to handle the huge time difference in your part of the world to London-time.

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