Some lucky kids already have a copy, and I’m not even talking about the leaked PDF! One random (& lucky) dude on a subway in Baltimore was getting a head start reading his own copy he had pre-ordered. Apparently, he isn’t the only one!!! There were a handfull of stores & websites who shipped the pre-ordered copies out early much to the dismay of Harry Potter’s publishers! {source: The Spell Is Broken, The Baltimore Sun} JK Rowling released a statement expressing outrage after several American publications (one being the New York Times) published a book review of Harry Potter 7 because the article(s) included spoilers:

“I am staggered that American newspapers have decided to publish purported spoilers in the form of reviews in complete disregard of the wishes of literally millions of readers, particularly children, who wanted to reach Harry’s final destination by themselves, in their own time. I am incredibly grateful to all those newspapers, booksellers and others who have chosen not to attempt to spoil Harry’s last adventure for fans.”

Everyone is desperate to get a copy of this book, and the publishers are doing everything they can to keep it under wraps! Gawker apparently has a copy and NYMag is running about town bribing bookstore janitors in an effort to try get their hands on one! But if you’re like me, you’ll have to wait for the midnight launch!

I don’t have kids, but I act like one, so you better believe I’ll be reading a copy at 12:01am! There are some fun things going on the city tonight for those of you who do have kids & want to celebrate in Hogwarts style, check them out, and if you know of other events going on in the city, email me or leave them in the comments field!

Barnes & Noble, Midnight Magic
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Harry Potter Midnight Bash
Today at 9pm
BookMark Shoppe, 8415 Third Ave in BayRidge Brooklyn
This Brooklyn bookshop will be hosting a block party with rides, a dj, magicians, coloring and costume contests, and a copy of J.K. Rowling’s amazing and magical saga.
Ages 6 and up.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour
Today at 11pm Scholastic Store, 557 Broadway Soho
Subway: D, F to Broadway-Lafayette St; N, R to Prince St.

As the Harry Potter saga comes to a close, fans can come aboard this bus to share their thoughts on video about their love of all things Hogwart. At midnight, your kids can be one of the first to get their hands on the last book in this very successful series. Ages 6 and up.

Harry Potter Tour
Today at 7-9pm Washington Square Park, W 4th St to Waverly Pl
Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, V to W 4th St

In celebration of the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Watson Adventures is supplementing its Ghosts of Greenwich Village tour with wizard themes and trivia. If you plan to pick up the highly anticipated series conclusion right at its release time, this suspenseful but family-friendly tour might be the perfect way to ease the pre-bookstore butterflies. Register ahead of time on the Watson Adventures web site; maximum number for the tour is 50 people, and kid-parent pairs are required.
Sorry, lone adults not allowed.
Ages 7 and up.

Midnight launch of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows @ Toys R Us Times Square
Today at 9:30pm Toys R Us Times Square, 1514 Broadway
Subway: N, Q, R, W, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq

The Hagrid of America’s toy stores is hosting a slew of wizard-friendly activities on the eve of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book launch. Before the clock strikes midnight, Hardcore fans of all ages can cool their anxiety with themed trivia and games. Guess the number of Bertie Bott’s Jelly Beans in a jar, witness a real prophecy (as described in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) and participate in other magical activities. As you pick up your copy of the final chapter in the Harry Potter Saga, make sure to grab a commemorative glow-in-the-dark-poster, exclusive to the Times Square Toys “R” Us. All ages.

1 Comment on Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Midnight Madness in NYC

  1. Moi
    July 20, 2007 at 6:28 pm (11 years ago)

    I’ll be hanging out all night at our Canandian book chain Chapters tonight!