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Fan Report: Deathly Hallows PaperBack Release Party at Scholastic Store

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Posted by: sue
July 21, 2009, 02:15 PM

Two years ago today, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling was released. As readers will recall, several weeks ago in the midst of the flurry of the HBP movie release, Scholastic, US publishers of the Harry Potter novels, released the paperback edition of Deathly Hallows.  Given the date today, we thought you might enjoy this fan report and photos below from TLC reader hpboy13 who went to the special paperback release party held at the main Scholastic Store in Soho, NYC on July 7th. Thanks so much hp!

The party started at 10a.m. when the store opened.  The entire place was decked out in posters  and other HP decor, including an entire display on HP.  In the entrance hall there was a breathtaking display of all seven HP books, all of them signed by JKR herself according to the inscription.

When I walked in, there were countless DH paperbacks on display, so I quickly grabbed one and bought it at long last, receiving with it a poster (the one Scholastic put on their site a short while back, of all the covers mixed together "the most magical adventure of our time.")  There was a huge stand that had all the books and DVDs on it, as well as all kinds of HP merchandise (including all four houses, Hogwarts castle). Needless to say, my wallet became rather empty very quickly after I saw it.

There was a huge printout of the DH cover with a hole in Harry's face for people to take their picture in, which I happily did.  I then participated in the first of the hourly trivias, winning an HP bag (I cobbled together an image of it from all sides.)  I then went up to the crafts station, where me made "potions" (similar to the flubber children make, but we called it swelling solution) and "wands" (a plastic tube filled with "magic crystals," glitter, and "dragon tears") I participated in several more of the trivia contests to get the runner-up prize (although I won) of a left-over pin from the Sorcerer's Stone anniversary.  The workers soon realized that I was an uber-fan, and requested my help in coming up with more trivia questions, which I gladly obliged.

I also entered a raffle for a trunk with all the hardcover books and a piece of artwork by Mary GrandPre.  I'm fairly sure I haven't seen this artwork before, it depicts Sirius and the Trio in the Shrieking Shack.  I didn't win though :( I was around the party so long, and so dressed up for the occasion, people began thinking I worked there.  Some time after 5p.m. several members of The Group That Shall Not Be Named arrived, providing Scholastic with much more business for the merch.  We finished off the party at 6p.m. by fawning over the display of signed books

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1478 Points

that sounds so great! yum paperback
i think barnes and noble should throw big Potter parties every once in a while, it would be great business too…

Posted by kenmarekestrels93 {{ROAR}} on July 21, 2009, 10:44 PM report to moderator
1245 Points

Good for you, hp boy! We expect you to bring your souvenirs to the next meetup so we can see them in person.

Posted by dcsbelle [WBM] OOM3, CW on July 21, 2009, 11:20 PM report to moderator
281 Points

Sounds like there was a lot of fun to be had. I would love to have a hardcover set of my own. The chest would have been great. Hard to believe it’s been two years since the release and I spent the night reading the whole book. Wow!

Posted by Phylis {ROAR} on July 21, 2009, 11:42 PM report to moderator
6552 Points

I remember when DH came out 2 years ago, my son was only 9 months old then. I would get through a chapter every time he woke me up in the middle of the night…lol.

Posted by Figment on July 22, 2009, 12:03 AM report to moderator
1116 Points

thanks so much for sending this in! gosh, I can’t believe it’s been two years already! unbelievable! It’s been an incredible journey…. wish I could’ve gone to something like this at least once in the fandom… maybe I’ll get lucky someday :)

Posted by ameema on July 22, 2009, 12:04 AM report to moderator
879 Points

this sounds like fun :) I got my paperback boxset last week. It’s so pretty &Hearts;

Posted by deadtree ♥WBM♥ on July 22, 2009, 01:07 AM report to moderator
78 Points

Hehe, that was yesterday for me now… and by sheer coincidence, I finished another ultra-slow (one or two chapters a night) read of it yesterday morning.

You may like the info from Jo’s webchat that followed about a week later: :)

Bittersweet, reading the comments on that one…

Posted by Remus Lonno on July 22, 2009, 01:52 AM report to moderator
5439 Points

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was so good.That sounded like so much fun! I wish I could have been there to see.

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on July 22, 2009, 04:36 AM report to moderator
328 Points

My gosh, it’s been a while. I love Mary Grandpre’s atwork but I just cannot believe it’s been two years since DH! x

Posted by VoodooPadfoot - {WBM} on July 22, 2009, 04:58 AM report to moderator
2939 Points

Sounds like the party was a lot of fun! But wow, I seriously can’t believe it has been two years… I still remember every moment of the months, weeks, days, and finally seconds leading up to the release.

Posted by Awakened on July 22, 2009, 05:54 AM report to moderator
3134 Points

Ooh! This sounds like so much fun! I would have gone craaaazy on the trivia. :o)

39680 Points

that’s so cool! i wish i was there.

Posted by chocolaterabbits on July 22, 2009, 07:33 AM report to moderator
4608 Points

Sounds like quite the fun experience! Can’t wait for the eighth book to be released….. lol

Posted by Boy With A Lightning Scar on July 22, 2009, 08:56 AM report to moderator
93 Points

That picture looks kinda….

I mean, Sirius looks like a cross between Voldemort and Bigfoot. And Hermione is tiny! They look like 5 year olds!

Posted by Aliyah95 on July 22, 2009, 09:17 AM report to moderator
98 Points

Sounds awesome! If I lived in New York I definitely would have gone.

Posted by KayJay123 on July 22, 2009, 09:24 AM report to moderator
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