Well, I just returned from the midnight release of the seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. I must say, the crowd waiting at Chapters for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows was insane! First, when we pulled up it was next to impossible to find a parking spot, and then once we got inside the number of people dressed up waiting for their chance to lay their hands on the "bible" for Potter fans was incredible.
I personally don't think I have ever seen that many people waiting even to see movies (the closest thing I can remember was when Stars Wars Episode I was released). The lineup, as you can imagine, was from one end of the store to the other (and Chapters are not small stores) weaving in and out of every single aisle in the store. Since we arrived at around 12:05 there was a considerable number of people in front of us, and by the time we made it to the front, it was at least 45 minutes. Something that seemed kind of dumb to me was the lineup for pre-order. I would think that if you pre-ordered the book that it would take a lot less time, but at the Chapters I went to, there was a much longer line up than the one for people who didn't pre-order. By the time I was on my way out the door, people were already well into the book, and I am sure that people will be reading throughout the night until it is finished.
It was quite an experience seeing so many people in one place gathering just to lay their hands on a copy of one of the most highly anticipated books ever. Between the invitations to "Harry Potter Parties" and the T.V. interviews that were going on, there was a very unique atmosphere that can only be described as Harry Potter Mania!
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