Harry Potter madness

@makingpots (11922)
United States
July 24, 2007 11:43am CST
My husband and I thought it would be entertaining just to drive by a bookstore last Friday night as the crowds waited to buy their books. Were you in those crowds? Would you have driven by like that just to see the excitement? We took our 3 yr old son with son with us and he enjoyed it very much. It was excitement and I liked the idea of showing my son that people get this excited about reading. Okay, yes, I know he didn't really understand, but I am all about exposing him to a variety of things. It was a fun family outing. Would you have done this yourself?
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@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
25 Jul 07
I had my sister ship me a UK edition of the Harry Potter book so I didn't line up, but I got to read the book first coz I've downloaded a copy at bittorrent. I never liked getting in line and besides, my country gets the American Edition of the Harry Potter books and I really prefer the British Edition.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
26 Jul 07
Interesting... what is different about the British edition?
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• Singapore
26 Jul 07
Nothing, really. It's just a little weirdness of mine. I always feel like the British edition is the REAL first edition coz it's from UK and JK Rowling is from UK! LOL.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I can understand that.
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@mkirby624 (1599)
• United States
25 Jul 07
Yep, I would have been in line!
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jul 07
did you have fun? The crowds we say were having a good time. There were a few people that seemed uptight and worried that they wouldn't get one or something. The bookstores in my town actually had parties, people dressed up. It was crazy and fun.
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@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
25 Jul 07
no i definitely won't... i am not a huge fan of harry potter and i never like to be in a crowd... even though i would like to get a copy of the book, i will buy it much later after all the commotion is over... i might even be able to get it on a special price... :-) so why the hurry??? i don't really understand...
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I am with you on that. We did not buy the book that night, and I probably wont buy it for another week or so. We just went to experience the crowds and didn't even need to get out of our car. It was fun.
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@coolsree (509)
• India
25 Jul 07
I haven't went out to see the rush in book shopes. but I see the rush in the TV, every news channel are showing the rush in book stalls & kids openeing & reading the book there it self. Any way what I like about those books is that it helped to regain the reading habbit in childrens. I the laste few years that habbit was getting reduced as chils were almost in front of the compter playing games etc.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jul 07
You are so right, it has been wonderful to see children getting excited about reading again.
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@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
25 Jul 07
I was very fortunate I got mine at Cosco. on the 21. for a fairly good price. I agree with you about showing the children that reading is wonderful and a total adventure. I have been reading adult books since I was 11. and never lost my love for them I grew up on the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew. Wonderful reading. I frequently buy my granddaughter books and she loves to read. so I feel better.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Oh, I loved Nancy Drew! thanks for the response, Robin.
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• United States
25 Jul 07
I ended up going on vacation last weekend so I was out of town and had to end up going to a Walmart that didnt stay open 24 hours. So the next morning we was there for when it opened at 7. I only had to wait with about 6 other people in line. Basically I went on vacation to a small town! But I think it is a good idea how you took your son and showed him reading is fun and exciting especially starting this at an early age.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Thanks. It was a fun family outing..... albetit, at midnight.
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@arcidy (5016)
• United States
25 Jul 07
hell no lol theres no chance in hell I would be caught in those crowds I have never been an harry potter fan and never will I never read one book or saw one movie even though the new movies do look good mainly because there darker and made for adults more then kids at least thats what it seems like but I did read the last page and I was dissapointed with one of the characters not dying wont say who to ruin it for anyone who hasnt read it yet.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
25 Jul 07
lol you really read the last page? lol
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@myfanwy65 (1030)
• United States
24 Jul 07
I stood in line at Wal Mart for about an hour to get the book. I thought about going to a large bookstore that was having a party. But, I am not a people person. So, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it. I got my book, went home, read for a couple hours and went to sleep. I still haven't finished the book 4 days after purchasing it. I'm not in a big rush for the series to end, for me. I read a bit of it each day. I'm about 3/4 of the way done.
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
24 Jul 07
I am with you on that... it will be sad to know that it is over when I have finished reading it. I like to read a little each day too. I've never been one to stay up all night reading a book.... I enjoy the aspect of having something to look forward too.
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@mummymo (23707)
25 Jul 07
As long as you all had fun , good for you! I would probably never have thought of it but I am all for any way of encouraging our kids to read - my kids have been surrounded by books since they were born and they love to read! xxx
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jul 07
in teacher talk (I am an ex teacher) that is referred to as providing them with a print rich environment. Good for you providing that for your kids. They will love you for it, I'm sure they probably already do.
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@mummymo (23707)
27 Jul 07
Thanks honey! They are both doing very well at school and love to learn new things from any form of media! xxx
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@FelixLandon (1115)
• Canada
25 Jul 07
I don't read much but I like the movies. I heard something yesterday about a possible 8th book from J.K. I haven't seen the latest movie but In Canada there allot of fanatics too.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Hmmm, I haven't heard anything about an 8th book. Yes, lots of fanatics in the US too.
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• Canada
27 Jul 07
The following is from the http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk JK PLANS 8TH BOOK FOR HARRY HARRY Potter author JK Rowling has revealed plans to write an eighth book. Rowling had always said she would write just seven Harry Potter books, one for every school year at Hogwarts. But she has decided she may write another book for charity after she finishes the series using all the ideas she has had to leave out of books so far. The book would be an encyclopaedia of the wizarding world, including plots and background about the characters she has had to leave out of the five books she has already written. She said: 'I think it highly unlikely I'll write more novels.
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I would not do such a thing for Harry Potter since I have not followed any of the books or movies. I have gone to an opening like that for anything and would not. I think it is silly for people to wait in line for hours or days just for a book, videogame system or anything else to come out. There will be plenty of books and other things to go around so I will wait the next day or week to get it. I am not in a rush to get something as soon as it comes out because there is usually flaws with new products.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I agree about not wanting one of the first of a new item. We didn't even buy a book that night, didn't wait in line, in fact never even got out of the car..... there was enough excitement happening outside the store that we did not need to. thanks for the response
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
27 Jul 07
I was home in bed when people were out freaking out over the Harry Potter madness. I do like your idea of showing your son how excited people were about reading, though, that's pretty neat. I guess even though I really love the Harry Potter books, I knew there wasn't any reason to worry about getting one where I live. Wal-mart had tons of them, and my husband who works there simply picked one up for me as he was getting off work that morning. So there wasn't any reason for me to be part of the madness. =p
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
3 Aug 07
thanks, my son enjoyed it very much.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
26 Jul 07
Nope- I would not have been 200 feet from a bookstore when the last Harry Potter book came out- MOB city! Lol—but sure how fun- teach them young that reading is fun and wonderful- Glad you guys had fun!
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jul 07
It was a blast. My son giggled at all the people who dressed up in costume. It was crazy, but fun.
@babs0818 (1191)
• United States
25 Jul 07
I can't imagine to do something like that now...maybe,in my teens or twenties...I would have thought of this crazyness.What is funny to me,is,my local walmart had the book on a huge pallet on Saturday morning..and nobody was really buying the book...I guess,it is because I live in the country...
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
27 Jul 07
yes, in my teens and twenties I would have been having fun in the crowd. As it was, we just drove by and stayed in our car. The crowds were outside the store and we could watch it all from the parking lot. We didn't buy the book that night. In fact, I still haven't bought it yet.