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July 21st, 2007


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01:37 am - My Marauder's Map Means Midnight Madness!


This woman is awesome.

The following post (and the comments, please) is SPOILER-FREE. Come celebrate the cuteness of the final Harry Potter release party!

I went to Diesel, which promised me puppets and failed to deliver. But they had other stuff, like these guys:



Calling themselves the Golden Snitches, they sang some songs (not very well, honestly, but points for effort) and hosted trivia bingo (or bean-go, as the man called it). The trivia questions ranged from terribly easy to moderately difficult, often using character descriptions straight from the book. I played one round, but I gave my card up to a kid for the second round, since they had run out. It was their night, after all. Unlike last time, it was less with the attractive girls and more with the adorable kids. But it was all totally smile-inducing.

For instance, as soon as I walked in, I saw a little blonde girl in white...reading The Quibbler upside-down. I chuckled in approval. Her dad asked her if I knew who she was.

"She's Luna," I said.

"Yes, I am," she replied dreamily. It was hilarious. Sadly, I didn't get a picture of her. I did catch this kid, however:



Viktor Krum!! Ha. He must have been looking for Hermioninny. He wouldn't have had to look hard; I saw quite a few of them, with costumes of varied creativity. One girl had a nametag that read "Hermione." Lame! One girl had a S.P.E.W. and "Prefect" badge, which were worth more points. My favorite, however, was a girl who was carrying around a stuffed orange cat: Crookshanks!

Viktor Krum had a sister who also looked to be dressed in Durmstrang attire, but they were fighting and wouldn't let me take a picture.

Also in attendance were a couple Snape supporters:



The woman on the left also had "Trust Snape" embroidered on the back. If you can't read the man's badge (click!), it reads "Snape is loyal." His costume design is questionable, however, as he looks more like an elf than a wizard. And there were a lot of of wizards and witches to compare him to.

I walked down the street to Pendragon, which was much more of a low-key affair and far less crowded. That's where I found this adorable chap:



Hedwig! Awww.

I also stumbled upon an awesome Trelawney:



She was totally in-character, moaning about THE PROPHECY!!! It was really funny.

I went back to Diesel, since nothing was happening at Pendragon. Soon, I heard someone calling, "Quibbler! Read and return!" Someone was passing out The Quibbler. It was another Luna:



Major points to this kid, huh? But the fact that he dressed up as Luna isn't all. I want you to click the following pictures to get the bigger versions, because the Quibbler he wrote is hilarious. I was seriously LOLing in the store.



It's the "BUT DOES HE?" that makes it art. (I haven't read the books in a while, so I wasn't sure whether that was a Rowling invention [it is], but props for style all the same.)

Better yet, he also remained in-character. When a girl asked where he got his wig, he was all, "Wig?" When asked where he got his hair, he was all, "I...grew it." Later, he adopted new calls, including, "My father is the editor!" Oh, Looney.

There were a few Harrys, including two girls who drew on glasses. For the most part, costumes were fairly generic Hogwarts robes and hats; I sought out people who were clearly dressed as specific characters.

Here, however, is my favorite costumed kid, who was actually one of the first I saw:



It's so elaborate! She's got the Quidditch robe. The little Q badge. The goggles, which I love. The broom. The Snitch. Earlier, she was also carrying around a copy of Quidditch Through the Ages. I didn't notice the scar before, which doesn't really belong, but it's the Scar, so I'll let it slide, because take a closer look at her badge:



She's dressed as Katie Bell. Who the fuck dresses up as a random Gryffindor Chaser (coincidentally, the one I randomly developed a crush on based on name alone)? This girl, that's who.

About twenty minutes before midnight, people formed lines to get their precious books:



10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

This is the way the world ends, not with a whimper but a "Wooooooooo!"
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From:ste_noni
Date:July 21st, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
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SO cute! All the pictures and costumes were great.

I"m so glad I don't listen to Puerto RIcan radio - apparently yesterday they were spoiling everyone with no warning! Joe says he already knows what happens. Meanwhile, my book is stuck with Amazon somewhere. Maybe I will reread the series while waiting.

Enjoy reading!!!!
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From:latropita
Date:July 21st, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
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There was a Trelawney at my party, too! She was awesome and posed for tons of pictures. When my friend took a picture, she totally froze and made the classic crazy eyes/head cocked expression from the movies. Good stuff.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 22nd, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
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Hee. Yeah, that lady posed when she saw me. And her husband, I guess it was, told their daughter, I think, that when her mother dressed like that, people were going to take pictures of her.
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From:toughcookie42
Date:July 21st, 2007 02:08 pm (UTC)
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I have yet to hear of my siblings' adventures when they got their books. I'm not going to disturb them today.
I like Boy-Luna, and that "elf" dude is really hot.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 22nd, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
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He is fairly attractive, yes! I should have gotten his number for you.

Er, the elf dude. Not the twelve-year-old.
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From:sinca
Date:July 21st, 2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
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There was a Katie Bell at our party too but she was an adult and not half as cute. I love the Luna with The Quibbler. So creative!
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From:kissyboots13
Date:July 21st, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
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There was an adorable little baby boy dressed up as DOBBY at the Border's party I went to. DOBBY. So adorable-obviously his parents had done it, but I think he won the costume contest just out of sheer cuteness.

The other cute thing was this little Draco Malfoy, full green slytherin robes and all.
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From:cerulgalactus
Date:July 22nd, 2007 01:42 am (UTC)
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Boy Luna FTW.

We had exactly one person dress up in our line, although the cute chick I got talking to in front of me had her Gryfindor jumper on, so I guess she can be a random background character.

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who fell in love with Katie Bell based on her name alone.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 22nd, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
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We are similar in many ways, it seems.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 22nd, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
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Dude, how does THAT work? Awesome.
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From:alliterator
Date:July 22nd, 2007 04:08 am (UTC)
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You didn't happen to develop a crush on Katie Bell because her name is suspiciously close to, say, Kristen Bell?

At the Borders I went to, there were a bunch of people dressed up, including one guy as Mad-Eye Moody. Unfortunately, he was annoying, because he kept yelling, "CONSTANT VIGILANCE!"
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 22nd, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
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I don't know if the "Bell" played as much a part as the "Katie" did, but put together, they do go well, don't they?
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From:lynevere
Date:July 22nd, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Yep, we had a pretty cute (girl) Dobby/Trelawney, Snape, etc... One girl had a "Cho is a ho" shirt she'd made. A store employee was dressed as Harry, and his job was to pose for pictures with people. Occasionally we'd hear on the PA system, "Harry to Gryffindor," which rather entertained me.

Also entertaining/disturbing: we lined up in 4 different queues based on when we'd ordered our books. So, from 11-12:25, I was stuck in the audio/visual section of Barnes and Noble. Some poor kids were forced to hang out in the romance/sex section for hours...
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From:shpyum
Date:July 22nd, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Okay, so I went as Harry, but my mom went in a very elaborate Prof. Sprout costume and ROCKED, and Robin made a great Tonks. We also saw excellent: Trelawny, Mad Eye Moony, Hagrid, Luna, Neville, Umbridge and Quirrel. (I realize how off the grammar is there. I am full of cold medicine)

Every time Hagrid saw Robin he pounded his chest with his fist and yelled "Tonks! REPRESENT!" And it was. . .a little bizarre.

I finished the book at 9:15 yesterday morning and then got 45 minutes of sleep before people started calling me to talk about it. I think I might need to read some parts over becuase it was 4 in the morning and I'm not super clear on what happened in them.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:July 22nd, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Damn, did you go to a place where, like, they wouldn't let you in if you weren't in costume? Nice!

I just finished the book. It took me 15 hours.
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From:shpyum
Date:July 22nd, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
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We just went to B&N! The staff had gone all out with their costumes, which was nice. Oh, I forgot we also had a pretty decent Dumbledore. I think probably the Mad Eye was my fave -- he actually had made hte eye. Awesome.

Yay for finishing! I think I should have slept halfway through. Not sleeping seems to have allowed me to come down with a nasty cold, and everyone I know slept and finished it later, so I had no one to talk to for a few hours.
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From:glasseseater
Date:July 22nd, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
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your party sounds so much more exciting than mine! Although we got to the bookstore late and apparently missed the costume contest.

We mostly saw a lot of generic Gryffendors and Ravenclaws but we did have the entire Chudley Cannons. Also there was a tiny Hermoine who not only had a Crookshanks but had the exact same hair as movie Hermoine. Still I don't think there was anything at our store close to boy Luna.
From:eislal
Date:July 24th, 2007 10:50 am (UTC)
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That party sounded adorable! Unfortunately, I couldn't be at a release party because I was on the plane :(

"The Quibbler" articles are all completely Rowling-made - they're from book 5 (and 6?).

Now that I'm commenting here, just gotta say - I really enjoyed reading your review of the book, oh - and I liked your BSG recap too!

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