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Ellen Lee's East Bay Livin'

Friday, July 15, 2005

Harry Potter Mania

I can't wait to read "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," the sixth in the series by J.K. Rowling. I was a little skeptical at first about all the hype, but then I picked up the first book during a long, 10-hour airplane ride, and I pretty much devoured it before the plane touched down.

Anyways, I've spent the past few days surfing the Internet for anything and everything Harry Potter. Here's a story in today's paper about what I found, like online wizarding schools and pages upon pages devoted to the budding romance between Ron and Hermione.

I'm also thinking about attending a Harry Potter release party. I've never been, but I heard so much about it that now I'm really curious. Just what happens at these parties? ;)

To find one close to you, check out this site. You can search by zipcode -- there are quite a few at East Bay book stores. And here's a Times story about East Bay libraries throwing Harry Potter parties, another Times story earlier this week about fans who have grown up with Harry Potter and a Times list of local Harry Potter events. Yes, some of us here are Harry Potter crazy.

I didn't have an opportunity to mention this in my story, but I even heard about a summer school class completely devoted to Harry Potter. It's called Hogwarts Haven at JL Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto. Now there's a summer school class I'd be interested in taking.


Blogger The Blah Brain said...

I found a site while searching google and the site gives you previews of I found previews for the NEW - NEXT Harry Potter book 8, the book AFTER the half blood prince, it's insane... i have no idea how they got the previews maybe they know J.K. Rowling..

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