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Conclusion: Sweet Irony (Part Three)


Of course, I didn’t get my book there.  Dan did and he informed me that it was like the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.  The books came out and suddenly everyone was waving their voucher tickets over their heads, screaming.  Not that this was any different from anywhere else in the city.  My Barnes & Nobles contact informs me that they actually had to close the doors at the Union Square location, infuriating the people outside.  Honest-to-God fights broke out.  Say what you will about New Yorkers, they’re passionate about their children’s literature.

The irony of all this is that I still don’t have a copy, myself.  I always order the British editions and in the past this hasn’t been a problem.  I may get my copy a little later than other people, but it wasn’t until this year that I felt out-of-it.  Now the whole world is reading the book, and I’m left behind.  That’s okay.  It’s my own fault.  I’ll just have to sit on the reference desk at work singing, "LALALALALALA!" whenever anyone mentions a detail from the story.  The nail in the coffin is that Saturday evening, as I was leaving work, my co-worker Warren informs me that there were a bunch of copies of the book in the library’s basement just sitting there.  They’re Express copies.  The kind you can only have out for a week.  Had I but known…

For other Harry Potter party info, you can read the Amy Wachspress piece on buying HP at an independent bookstore.  Monica Edinger has a photo laden selection of her own Manhattan journey.  If anyone else has parties of their own to share, tell me your blog name in my comment section and I’ll add them here.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Monica Edinger says:

    Roxanne and I went to the movie and then to Scholastic. (I’ve got pictures, boldface names, and commentary at my blog — we had a blast!) After checking in we wandered over to McNally Robinson (it being a couple of blocks away) to find you, but…um…saw…the line and that was that! The lines were everywhere — blocks and blocks of them over at Scholastic! But it was such a nice evening and everyone was in a very upbeat mood, I thought. I’m so glad I went!

  2. It was great to see you and other friends (Caroline Hickey, Cassie was Here, 2007, and Donna Frietas), however, that “gathering” at McNally Robinson was a bit crazy. It reminded several of us of a frat party – hand stamps, some women using the occasion to dress as little school girls, “magic punch” sloshing everywhere. Definitely an experience.

    I do wish you had left on your Rita Skeeter get-up at the bookstore. Maybe you can post pics? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Lady Strathconn says:

    My husband and I thought about going to a local midnight party, but then he realized he had to work at 7 am. We didn’t get ours until the mail came at 1:00. Then we read from 4 until the wee hours of the morning (2:45 and 6:00). If we had dressed up, we were going to go as wizards dressed as muggles, ala the Quidditch World Cup.

    Thanks for the trio of great entries.