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‘Deathly Hallows’ finally arrives

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

Editor’s Note: This story does in no way reveal the ending or any information about “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” You have to read the book yourself.GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. “No more wand fights.” So were the instructions from a mother directed to her young witch children as they waited in line at the Book Train in Glenwood on Friday to snatch up copies of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” – the seventh and final book in the magical series, which so far has grossed $325 million.It was if we had all stumbled upon a port key and arrived at Diagon Alley – the main street in London for the witch and wizard world.About 150 muggles, witches and wizards – Slytherins and Gryffindors alike – with the first ones having lined up before 9 p.m., waited in a line going down Grand Avenue eagerly anticipating 12:01 a.m. so they could final get their copies of “The Deathly Hallows.”Two muggles – that’s non-magic people for all you non-magic people out there – waited in line, confused by the word muggle and astounded by all the talk of magic, spells and all this fuss about an evil wizard name Voldemort.

It’s been two years since “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” came out, and people couldn’t wait a moment longer. Tad Kincade, a 19-year-old from Carbondale who was first in line for the new book, has passed the time between books by rereading the last six Harries.”Eight times, I think, each,” said Kincade, who was cloaked in a black cape and even had a black lightning bolt painted on his forehead. “I have all the movies. I saw the first movie in the theaters eight times.”When the clock struck 11:30 p.m., the Book Train’s doors opened, and Terry and Bill Campbell, of Parachute, were led by their daughter Madison, who, after two and a half hours of waiting in line, clenched her fists with excitement.”Look! She’s going to open!” Madison said.Rowling has said this will be the final book in the series; that makes the Harry Potter Nation feel as hollow as being in a dementor’s presence – an evil magical creature that drains every happy feeling and memory out of your soul.”I am sad, but I am also happy that I am in line,” Madison said.The book was being sold at 12:01 a.m. in each time zone across the world, and scenes were the same everywhere. At Waterstone’s bookstore in London, 5,000 people waited in line to get a copy. Long lines formed at bookstores from Latin America to Australia and all over the U.S., with people hoping to get their hands on the 759-page novel. In Anchorage, Alaska, three teenagers camped outside a bookstore for 11 days prior to the release. A bookstore in Tel Aviv even defied the no-business on the Sabbath law to sell the book on opening day.

Inside the Book Train, the line wound between bookshelves and some fans still remained outside. Those inside were treated to snacks and the Harry Potter soundtrack coming out of the speakers added even more to the heavy anticipation and magicalness of the atmosphere.A few Hermiones, a few Harries, quite a few other witches and wizards and even a goth girl with a Slytherin tie hanging from her neck and a puff-paint T-shirt that said “Trust in Snape” waited until finally it was time.As the first box was slowly opened, Kincade purchased the first book, and as the transaction registered, he thrust the book up in the air as everyone else in line cheered and clapped. It had begun.”Are they going to sell out before we get to the front?” a girl toward the back of the line nervously asked.”I hope not. I’ll kill someone,” her friend quickly replied.

She probably didn’t mean kill, maybe just hit a few people with a stupefy curse so they could get closer to the front.But the store didn’t sell out. And everyone left the store with a copy, or two, or three. And not just kids – moms and dads bought their own books. Some even asked to take the emptied, white folded boxes that once guarded the books from pre-release with tape that said do not open until July 21, 2007.As two women talked about buying one copy to share, one asked “How fast can you read it?””I read the last one in eight hours,” her friend said. The store emptied out by 12:45 a.m., and it’s now been well over eight hours since the release, so a number of people have most likely finished the book, now knowing all the secrets and the true meaning to the prophecy between Mr. Potter and the Dark Lord.It only leaves one question. With no more adventures to read about, what will life be like after Harry?

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