The Deathly Hallows were beckoning on Friday night….
Here are some scenes from the Midnight Madness that was the Harry Potter Book 7 Release Party. We went to our local Barnes and Noble.
We decided to go in costume. Actually, the kids decided weeks ago that we should ALL go in costume.
It wasn’t the first time, and probably not the last!
Snape, Ron, Professor Trelawney, Hermione, and Gilderoy Lockhart.
Professor Trelawney gets her cards read…then turns around and reads the reader’s tea leaves!
Funny the things you find while wandering around bookstores…looky! Professor Snape has discovered Joe and Barb’s books- and clearly approves!
…and so did victory.
Here are the kid winners in the costume contest- you go, Sibyll!
Eric happens to have an uncanny resemblance to Gilderoy Lockhart. People followed him around all night like he was a celebrity…
Which is why he won the adult costume contest, to raucous applause and shouts of, “We love you, Gilderoy!”
This was truly the most surreal part of the night.
What a great prize for an illustrator: a poster signed by Mary GrandPre!
There were other awesome costumes: this is Tonks. There were also Death Eaters, Dementors, Malfoys, many Harrys, many Hermiones, a few Chos, a few Rons, Quidditch players, wizards, witches, etc. I particularly liked the 6 people who came as “S.P.E.W.” members, and the 2 girls who came as Fred and George. There was also a great Bellatrix LaStrange. It was very fun to blab with so many people who love these books!
Here’s what it looked like about 4 minutes before midnight. I was stunned that this many people could fit in the store.
We waited for #256 + 257 to be called and picked up our copies.
The kids are reading them first, and have instructions to SAY NOTHING until Eric and I read them.
It will take us longer.
Did anyone else go to HP parties?