They’re so wild about Harry |

They’re so wild about Harry

None of his friends are as “Harry Potter-crazy” as he is, but that won’t stop 13-year-old Dominic Molinari from becoming one of the first kids in line to buy “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

“I really, really like it,” Molinari said of the Harry Potter series. “It’s pretty high up there on my top reading list.”

Like so many other children, teenagers and even adults, Molinari said anticipating the arrival of the next book in J.K. Rowling’s seven-part series began right after flipping the last page in Rowling’s fifth book, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

Luckily for Molinari and every other Potter fan, employees at bookstores across the valley understand and appreciate the mystery and magic that come from reading Rowling’s books. With Saturday giving fans the first chance to get their hands on the new volume, bookstore owners and employees made sure to plan for a perfect Potter experience.

Both the Book Train and Through the Looking Glass in Glenwood invited fans to celebrate the release of Rowling’s sixth book. For those unable to sleep tonight in anticipation, Book Train’s Midnight Magic Party offers snacks, a costume contest and, of course, the earliest possible chance to read “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

Book Train manager Carole O’Brien said she’ll pull out the books at 12:01 a.m. in order to give people the first opportunity to become proud owners of Rowling’s newest release.

Around 200 Potter fans attended a previous midnight party, and O’Brien said she hopes for just as many this year ” adults included.

“Adults are welcome in costume as well,” she said. “The kids can come and bring their parents.”

Those induced in a dreamlike Potter state tonight can still share in the mystery of “The Half-Blood Prince” at Through the Looking Glass on Saturday afternoon.

Anxious readers can venture to the downtown Glenwood bookstore to buy their copy of “The Half-Blood” and take a photo with Harry Potter himself ” as portrayed by Carter Eggert.

Store owner Sharon Graves said she expects the afternoon to amuse anyone who stops by.

“We really wanted to have something fun for the whole family,” Graves said.

One thing sure to come out of Saturday’s book release is answers. Molinari, O’Brien and Graves all agreed that not long after the first few books are sold will people know everything they’ve wanted to know about “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

“I’m just curious who’s going to get the book read first,” O’Brien said.

“The kids are just waiting to read it,” Graves said. “It just astounds me what we’ve done as a society, and the idea of having to be first.”

No doubt some will read all night, and some might finish by Sunday. But for Molinari, who considers himself a Harry Potter speed-reader, five days will answer every question lingering in his mind since closing “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

Contact Chyrise Harris: 945-8515, ext. 511

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