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What will you be doing on July 16th 2005?

This topic serves as an archive of a thread from the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum as hosted on World Crossing which ceased operation on April 15, 2011. At that time, this thread was still set in the "Archived Thread to be Worked" folder of the WC forum. Elanor

Cholmondley - Apr 13, 2005 12:12 am
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In Sydney, Australia we will be having a full-costume steam train ride for the launch of Half-Blood Prince, (for us it will be the morning). Like two years ago when Order of the Phoenix was released many excited children and parents will come in all variety of costumes - my daughter and I sat opposite Madam Rosmerta last time, there were lute players, fire-throwers and a snake charmer as well as the expected refreshments of pumpkin juice and chocolate frogs being sold on the train.
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Lav - Apr 13, 2005 3:29 am (#1 of 170)
Cholmondley, is that a question that requires us to answer??? Who is going to abandon HALF BLOOD PRINCE to go for a party??? I mean, HOW can one do that!!! :-)

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fleur-de-lys - Apr 13, 2005 4:20 am (#2 of 170)

I love the steam train ride idea. However, I would do it on July 15th, for on July 16th, I will be holed up reading. My family already knows not to disturb me for the whole week, as I'm sure I will be reading HBP twice, as to not miss anything.

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Cornelia - Apr 13, 2005 4:26 am (#3 of 170)

I´ll pick up my copy at 10.00 (there´s no midnight-release-party). Then I´ll send husband and kids to the zoo or the beach, get myself a some food and drink, take my favorite garden-chair, switch off my mobile and read HBP.

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Sticky Glue - Apr 13, 2005 4:32 am (#4 of 170)

Lav and Fleur-de-lys, I think what Cholmondley was saying is that, if the publishers release the HBP the same way as OotP in that it goes on sale 1 minute after midnight on the 16th in England. All other countries can't sell the book till that time in England, so for me in NZ, I can't buy the book till 11am the next day our time, and in Austrailia Cholmondley won't be able to buy the book till 9am the next day her time. So they have all night to party and go on a train ride (sounds great).

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popkin - Apr 13, 2005 9:17 am (#5 of 170)

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I've started making costumes for my family for the pre-midnight-release party at our local children's bookstore. There'll be cake, butterbeer, and other goodies, and crafts for the kids to do. It is a children's bookstore, so the party is geared toward kids. Hopefully, at the stroke of midnight Hagrid will arrive on his motorcycle (as he did for the last release) with a case of HBP books to pass out. Like many others, I've already purchased the book, and received a ticket which will speed it into my hands. As soon as we've got the book, we'll head home.

I will probably read the first chapter to the kids that night, then send them to bed so I can read the rest (maybe - I'm not that fast) to myself while they sleep. The next day, we will continue reading out loud until the postman arrives with the second copy (from Amazon) at which time my husband will probably hole himself up in our bedroom and read it to himself. As soon as I can, I will read it at least a second, and probably a third time, but we will all have to share the two copies between the six of us.

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djellibabe - Apr 13, 2005 10:48 am (#6 of 170)

Don't think I've got anything in my diary. Oh yer I know, READING A NEW BOOK!!!

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Little Ginny - Apr 13, 2005 2:02 pm (#7 of 170)

I have just learned today that I'll probably have to spend the second half of July learning for end-of-term exams, which have most kindly been timed for the weeks following July 16th.

Still, I think I'll take a day off on- hmm... Saturday perhaps? I might do some reading... and as the new Harry Potter, which happens to be released the same day, is in English, that'll count as practice for an English exam anyway, won't it?

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Choices - Apr 13, 2005 6:35 pm (#8 of 170)

*Completely Obsessed With Harry Potter*
Read - I've ordered two copies - guaranteed to be delivered on Saturday the 16th - one copy for me and the other can be fought over by everyone else at my house. :-)

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vball man - Apr 13, 2005 10:13 pm (#9 of 170)

He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot loose. - Jim Elliot
I am Youth Leader at my church. We have planned a Missions trip to Venezuela July 16-25!! While you guys are holed up in your bedrooms and libraries, I will be "roughing it." So I will not be able to read it until you have all probably read it twice!!

I expect a lot of "Vball, you were right about Recurring Boy Who Lived theory." J/K LOL

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Lav - Apr 14, 2005 7:44 am (#10 of 170)

aw, well, bad luck sticky glue... thank goodness we're only 5 and a half hours ahead of GMT! Won't have to wait that long then... Just hope that the bookstore opens at half past 5 in the morning... I don't want to wait till about 10 o' clock... or I might take a job there or something, and get there at half past 5, then take the day off... *sighs* oh well...

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Mrdrama - Apr 14, 2005 11:05 am (#11 of 170)

I feel cheated a bit, I live in the US, and still have to wait until midnight *grumble grumble, but, ah well, I will be reading until my little eyes can't take it anymore!

Although it will be hard no to feel abit spiteful at five o'clock PM on the 15th, just thinking of al the forummers and other lucky folk who are already reading the long awaited book. Then again as each time zone ahead of me starts reading, but that's the 15th, on the 16th, I will be reading!!

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Liz Mann - Apr 14, 2005 1:37 pm (#12 of 170)

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I am going to Waterstones bookstore at midnight to queue up for my copy. I wish I had some friends who were as crazy about the book as me so that I could have a launch party. Or knew of a store that was doing one.

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Julia. - Apr 14, 2005 1:55 pm (#13 of 170)

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My friend, my friends'a mom and myself will be queuing up to get it at midnight. I will be in full costume, and I'm quite sure I'll schvitz to death in my sweater in 80 degree weather.

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Daisy Pennifold - Apr 14, 2005 3:00 pm (#14 of 170)

Borders at Midnight to get my two copies - one for me, and one for my library party! I host a launch party, and we have games (Quidditch in the parking lot, Harry Potter Bingo), food etc. Lots of prizes for costumes and the games, but the best is a free copy of the new book! I make the kids work for it, though - for OP, they had to take their O.W.L.s. I'm not sure what I'll do this year!

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Elfcat - Apr 14, 2005 5:50 pm (#15 of 170)

What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back? A Stick.
Mostly reflecting sadly that there are no other true Potties in my area, then reading.

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Acceber - Apr 15, 2005 2:16 pm (#16 of 170)

Ruler of Omeletteheads
Stomping my foot in indignation that I'll be at camp during that night, and therefore not experiencing the hype at my local bookstores. I think I asked BarnesandNoble.com to send my HBP copy to my camp, so I won't be in total denial. I plan to wear my Gathering shirt a lot this summer. No, I don't care that it's covered in black, gray, and yellow paint from painting the Into the Woods set at school a few months ago. I'm probably the only person in the world who owns a Pennsylvania 2004 Lexicon Forum Gathering T-shirt covered in paint from the set of her school play. Cool!

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Cat 7 of 9 - Apr 15, 2005 2:24 pm (#17 of 170)

Guard of the big squishy chair by the fire.
I will be working all day on the 16th July , when I get home I'm going to have a very long bath and read MY Harry Potter book.

Which is bad news for my husband ... only one bathroom & no en-suite.

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dizzy lizzy - Apr 16, 2005 3:06 am (#18 of 170)

There is more to life than increasing its speed: Mahatama Ghandi.
Don't forget though everyone gets the book at the same time. That is all countries will release the book at the same time. (1 minute past Midnight - British Summer time). So for me in Sydney, Australia it is 9am. New Zealand it is 11am and so on. I love this idea as it will be so great to sit there waiting in in line for the book knowing all your friends on the forum are waiting excitedly as well. Some at midnight, some at 1am, some at 7pm and so on. Roll on July 16!

Lizzy

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Solitaire - Apr 16, 2005 2:00 pm (#19 of 170)

Wow, Cat 7! If you read the entire book in the tub, you'll be a prune ... unless you are a graduate of Evelyn Wood! LOL

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Aqualu Nifey - Apr 16, 2005 3:57 pm (#20 of 170)

"So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause." - Padme Amidala-Skywalker
I'm so stoked!*squeal* I have to watch my brother for most of the day on the fiffteenth, but when I get let off some time around 9:30, I'm heading over to Barnes & Noble's with my boots, black pants, Harry Potter T shirt and my turquoise wizarding robes! =D I'm going to be reading Book V in line so I can pick up exactly where it left off. Highlight of my summer. =D

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Madam Pince - Apr 16, 2005 10:47 pm (#21 of 170)

The eyes are the windows to the soul...
I just pre-ordered my copy tonight from Borders. So at midnight on the 15th (hopefully) I will be picking up my book and rushing straight home to read as long as possible. Then at the family reunion on the 16th, I will desperately try not to be rude and to interact socially with family members, but I imagine that at some point I may furtively creep off in a corner somewhere to continue reading. <- (wearing sunglasses to hide the red eyes from lack of sleep the night before.....)

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Sticky Glue - Apr 17, 2005 2:28 am (#22 of 170)

I'm on a training course that weekend in Christchurch, my first week there I'll be looking for the nearest bookshop to where I'm staying, that will be open on Sunday. Then I'll be waiting in line in the shop till they can sell them around 11am on sunday the 17th here in NZ. I will go stright back to our motel, to lock myself in my room to read, and try and finish it before I have to go to class on monday morning. Then I'll read it again slowly all week.

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popkin - Apr 18, 2005 10:36 am (#23 of 170)

mother
I've read in several places that HBP will be released all over the world at one minute past midnight British Time on the morning of the sixteenth, but I've also read that several people in the United States (including me) will be purchasing their books at midnight, local time, at their local bookstores. I just want to be sure that my local bookstore and I know what is going on. Can any of you clarify?

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Ladybug220 - Apr 18, 2005 10:43 am (#24 of 170)

...moves faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo
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Popkin, here in the states, it won't be released until midnight of whatever time zone you are in. Scholastic is the publisher here so I don't think that it matters that UK time is ahead of us. It does sound as if those who are ahead of UK time have to wait at least until midnight UK to get their books. So, it seems that you can buy it after UK time just not before. Am I making any sense?

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Classicsquid592 - Apr 18, 2005 1:03 pm (#25 of 170)

The 16th is my last day of a 2 month marine invertebrate course at Friday Harbor Marine labs in Washington. When I get the book depends on whether or not there will be a book store on the island or any other Harry Potter fans who want to take a midnight trip into Seattle on the 15th. The latest I will get the book will the night of the 16th or the morning of the 17th. If anyone just happens to be an invert zoologist and have done anything at Friday Harbor, I would love an answer to the book store question.

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T Brightwater - Apr 18, 2005 1:27 pm (#26 of 170)

Unfortunately, I'll be en route to Vermont, where I'll be teaching at a workshop for the following week. However, the minute I get home...

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Czarina II - Apr 19, 2005 6:28 am (#27 of 170)

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I will be eagerly waiting at home (hopefully) for my book to arrive, as it is supposed to be delivered between 9am and 5pm. If I have to work, I am going to force my mother to stay home long enough to get it. Maybe the 16th will be rainy? I don't care if it is the one rainy day we get all summer. I'm hoping that the book comes in the morning, so I don't have to wait at home all afternoon.

Oh, and after the book arrives, I will be reading it! ;-)

And on July 18, when I rejoin the world again...

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coolbeans3131 - Apr 19, 2005 7:08 am (#28 of 170)

July 16th is my oldest daughter's 16th Birthday. I don't suppose I can ignore her all day and read. Smile I'm actually having her big sweet 16 party the weekend before, so hopefully I'll still get to finish it that weekend.

We will go to a midnight HBP party at Barnes and Noble to get the book the night before. It was a lot of fun last time.

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pottermom34 - Apr 19, 2005 9:58 pm (#29 of 170)

Probably sitting on my butt with my HBP relaxing after two very long very busy free days at the zoo. I'll be too sore and stiff to move so I might as well read my book.

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Wendelin the Weird - Apr 24, 2005 1:06 pm (#30 of 170)

burned at the stake 47 times and counting...
Well, my celebration starts on the 15th of July, when I turn 32 at exactly 11:30pm. To celebrate the event, I will get in the car, drive 20 minutes to Borders, and be waiting outside to pick up my copy of HBP. Then all day on the 16th, I plan to celebrate my night owl abilities and read as much of HPB before I fall asleep on my book. (Working all of those overnight shifts pays off at times like this. Wink )

Hee heee... So it will be a great day indeedy! Happy Birthday to me! (and everyone else who shares the same bday celebration too Very Happy )

I can think of no better way to celebrate my birthday than being one of millions reading my favorite book for the first time.

Well, its that, or see if I can go out and get myself burned at the stake again, but I've done that for decades. Wink *snort*

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Apr 25, 2005 7:16 pm (#31 of 170)

I have a good friend who is a HP fan. Her birthday is the 15 of July. We are meeting at Borders at 11pm. I'm buying a round of coffee to celebrate her birthday. We will get our pre ordered books at 12:01 and head home to read. I love the thought of millions of people around the world will be reading the same book at the same time. Won't the posting be fun after we have read it! LPO

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narisa - Apr 25, 2005 9:23 pm (#32 of 170)

My family has ordered the book to be sent to our home. But since I have to stay in dormitory, I probably can't read it until August or October! I am sure my mom will hide the book so that eventhough I come home to get the book, I won't find it, she did this last time. (She want me to concentrate to my study, not a novel.) TT But on the bright side, I may find a friend who has the book and let my read it.

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Liz Mann - Apr 26, 2005 11:12 am (#33 of 170)

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I am sure my mom will hide the book so that eventhough I come home to get the book, I won't find it, she did this last time. (She want me to concentrate to my study, not a novel.)

I know what you mean. I get envious of people who get to start reading as soon as they receive their copy at midnight. My mum won't let me do that (she knows I'll be up all night ).

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Little Ginny - Apr 27, 2005 8:40 am (#34 of 170)

Liz and narisa, I know what you mean.

Even though my mum can't forbid me to read the book (I'm 20 years old, after all), she will probably tell me there are more important things than reading it. When OoP came out, she would knock on my door and insist I clean the kitchen, or something. I mean, I am perfectly okay with that on normal Saturdays, but neither my Mum nor my Dad seem to understand that these are not normal Saturdays... I think I should go and find a hiding place this year, just in case... maybe if I just hid in the attic?

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Thora - Apr 27, 2005 4:32 pm (#35 of 170)

I'm hosting a release party until 11pm, making a green and purple gown to coordinate with the book, and will pick mine up from Barnes & Noble at midnight. I'll likely read it all day the 16th.

Thora

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Miriam Huber - Apr 28, 2005 2:40 pm (#36 of 170)

Well, sorry if my question is stupid, but there it goes: HBP will be released on July 16th all over the world, as far as I know. On midnight. Does this mean: Everywhere on midnight local time? This would imply that Germans like me would get the book even one hour in advance to the people in the UK, for example (before any possible release press /JKR statement/ Bloomsbury party?). While some of you in the West of the USA unluckily had still to wait many hours while the Europeans would already be reading ... perhaps even posting! Or will it be midnight UK time all over the world? Or for all of Europe at least?

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Eponine - Apr 28, 2005 2:45 pm (#37 of 170)

Miriam, I believe that the book will not be released anywhere until it is midnight in London (whatever time zone that is). Some of our Australian members have said they will not be able to get their book until 8 or 9 on Saturday morning when the book is being released in London. In the US, we have to wait until midnight our local time. Well, at least I think so. I believe the people in California won't get their books until midnight their time, but I'm not sure since I'm in the Eastern Time Zone.

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dizzy lizzy - Apr 29, 2005 12:53 am (#38 of 170)

There is more to life than increasing its speed: Mahatama Ghandi.
Miriam:

12.01am 16th of July in Britain (using British Summer Time) equals 9.01am 16th July in Sydney, Asutralia (Australian Eastern Standard Time). This means we don't get the book until 9.01am.

Remember also that Scholastic holds the printing rights in the US and Bloomsbury hold the printing rights for the rest of the world. Bloomsbury appears to be very strict about the rest of the world selling HBP before HBP is released in Britain.

Using the idea in my first paragraph, you are likely to fall under Bloomsbury's edict to release it at 12.01am British Summer Time. This means bookshops in Germany/Fance etc probably won't be able to release the book until 1.01am on July 16.

My guess is that Scholastic,in the US, has its own idea of when it wants to release the book. Midnight at each time zone in the US (regardless of what time it is in British Summer time).

I've given up worrying what "time" everyone is getting the book. I just know I can't get mine until 9.01am and that I can't wait!

Hope this helps

Lizzy

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Little Ginny - Apr 29, 2005 5:29 am (#39 of 170)

Miriam, I'm not sure, but I think a Bookshop in our city had a big party for children on the night before OotP was released, selling the book at midnight. My local bookstore, however, opened on 9 a.m. as it always does, for there are too few people in our community interested in the English version. (Imagine you would have to wait until November or what for the German translation to come out! Impossible!) I don't know whether they might have a midnight-release this year, though, I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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Ponine - Apr 29, 2005 6:30 am (#40 of 170)

I reject your reality and substitute my own!
On this glorious day, I will be sitting in a rocker on the patio, with tons of diet coke and favorite snacks, a giant 'DO NOT DISTURB' lingering over my head, floating in the breeze. I will be one dragon no one will want to tickle that day Smile

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Phelim Mcintyre - May 2, 2005 10:03 am (#41 of 170)

Oh rememberalls. I have to work on the 16th. I have two copies on order. One adult, one childrens so I can study the potions book.

At 5pm I will get on the train home and will have to be careful that I do not miss my station. Why, because of the book I will be reading. As for reading the bath, what if the book gets wet?

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Thora - May 3, 2005 10:43 am (#42 of 170)

If you make a board to go across the tub and keep a towel at hand it's quite easy to keep it dry, that said I would NEVER do that with a HP book, they are way to important.

Thora

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Luanee - May 3, 2005 10:52 pm (#43 of 170)

I wonder how long would it take for me to finish HBP this time... I remembered I had to share OoP with my sister the other time, and we had a hard time fighting over it. But this time she had promised me that she will allow me to read first as she would be busy preparing for her exams... YIPEE !!

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Phelim Mcintyre - May 4, 2005 1:35 am (#44 of 170)

Luanee - I started OoP at 10:30 am and had finished it by 4 pm the same day. So I guess that as HBP will be shorter then it will be quicker to read. Just don't be a spoiler for your sister!!

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Choices - May 4, 2005 10:20 am (#45 of 170)

*Completely Obsessed With Harry Potter*
I hate reading a good book that fast. I make myself read one chapter a night so I can draw it out as long as possible. Once it is read, you'll never have that pleasure again of reading it for the first time. I can't hurry that experience, it's too enjoyable.

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Daisy Pennifold - May 4, 2005 10:28 am (#46 of 170)

You are far more patient than I am Choices. I bring it home after midnight and read it as fast as humanly possible, then get ready for work. I'm having a Release Party at my library, and I would be miserable if I didn't finish it before my party! Have to lord it over the kids you know.

###recap of last release party conversation###

"Who died, Daisy?! Tell us, who died?!"

"I'm not telling, you'll just have to wait until you read it!" (Smug, superior smile from Daisy)

Of course, I start the reread as soon as I get home.

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Snuffles - May 4, 2005 1:51 pm (#47 of 170)

Olivia
I tend to agree with Choices. I want to make it last, yet I'm longing to find out what happens! When book 7 comes out I think I might keep it in a little glass case for a bit and just bring it out to polish! I'm not sure I want it all to end!!

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Choices - May 4, 2005 2:16 pm (#48 of 170)

*Completely Obsessed With Harry Potter*
Snuffles - "I'm not sure I want it all to end!!"

Me either Snuffles. I am going to be so incredibly sad to see it all end. No more new adventures for our beloved characters. I want them to go on forever....or at least as long as I do. LOL

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Mrdrama - May 5, 2005 1:30 am (#49 of 170)

I will probably be reading most of the day, but I am afraid I will have rehearsal for the local Summer Children's Theatre to direct. If that is the case, I will read before and after, and probably aim for an unusually short rehearsal that day, as I am sure that many of the children will be as distracted as me!!!!

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Liz Mann - May 5, 2005 10:06 am (#50 of 170)

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Phelim - my goodness, and I thought I read it fast! I finished it in a weekend and only by reading for most of Saturday and Sunday and every spare moment I could get on Monday at college.


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Phelim Mcintyre - May 6, 2005 1:18 am (#51 of 170)
Liz - I read books for a living. Reviews, proof reading etc. So I speed read. But Harry Potter is different. I read it once for the broad sweep of the story. The arc. Then I read it again as a creative writing tutor and a writer (the one and only time I look at it cricitcally) then I read it for the hidden bits. So by July 23rd I will have read it at least three times, and made copius notes on what I think might be important.

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Liz Mann - May 6, 2005 11:18 am (#52 of 170)

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Wow!

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Aqualu Nifey - May 6, 2005 5:33 pm (#53 of 170)

"So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause." - Padme Amidala-Skywalker
How anyone can prolong finishing Harry Potter is beyond me. My family knows not to bother me at all on the sixteenth and most of the day on the seventeenth.

I envy you Phelim Mcintyre, get to read for a living.

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Miriam Huber - May 8, 2005 1:51 am (#54 of 170)

Sorry, off topic, very quick at Phelim: Can you recommend a book or a method to learn speed reading (NOT for Harry Potter, he is already always finished too quickly)? Thanks! And I´m off!

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Kwikspell - May 8, 2005 11:18 am (#55 of 170)

Marketers? Bah!
Since I live in Chicago, my husband and I are going to do the Oak Park thing on the 15th. For those who don't know, Oak Park is a close suburb of Chicago that transforms its downtown into Diagon Alley during the release of a Harry Potter book. The first time they did it was for OOtP and they had several thousand more people than they expected. Their restaurants turn into the Leaky Cauldron and Three Broomsticks, their bank turns into Gringotts, they have a land-based version of Quidditch and even Wizard's Chess where people stand in as the pieces. Stands set up around the downtown area sell butterbear and pumpkin juice. I hear it's a riot and since this is the next-to-last chance we'll have to experience it...

We also have Cubs' tickets that Saturday, so I guess that's one game I won't be scoring! We HAD planned for my husband's parents to be in that weekend, but when he realized that it would conflict with the HBP's release, he called and made up some excuse. Whew!

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T Brightwater - May 9, 2005 2:26 pm (#56 of 170)

Wish I could join you, Kwikspell, but I'll be headed for Vermont, and somehow I don't think the workshop I'll be teaching at would appreciate it if I spent the week buried in a book. (BTW I root for the Chudley Cannons of the National League, too!)

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Joanna S Lupin - May 11, 2005 4:52 am (#57 of 170)

Little Bobik
I envy you all! I won't be even getting it on 16th! I've checked every possible way of getting hold of the book on the weekend of its release, but alas! that isn't doable! I've settled down to pre-order it from Merlin's (Polish version of Amazon) but they only promise that they'd send the book by 19th so I have no hope of getting it sooner than 20th! Answering to the thread question; on 16th and the following days I'll isolate myself from civilisation until I get the book!

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Amilia Smith - May 11, 2005 10:32 pm (#58 of 170)

Well, after reading Joanna's post I don't feel so bad. I am moving to Hawaii next week (w00t). However, this means that I will be just about as far west as you can go with out being east. Several of you will have probably read the whole book before it is midnight on the 15th for me. Ah well. I guess I will just have to suffer. :-)

I haven't actually made any plans yet. I'll let you all know when I do.

Mills.

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Julia. - May 12, 2005 8:47 am (#59 of 170)

74% obsessed! Uconn Jew Crew says: is it August yet?
Oh yes! I finally have solid plans for the event! I'll be going to a midnight party at Barnes and Noble in North Haven with a friend and her mum. Hey Mar, if you'd like to join us you're more than welcome!

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Aqualu Nifey - May 13, 2005 9:43 pm (#60 of 170)

"So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause." - Padme Amidala-Skywalker
You know, I think JKR looked at this thread and decided to post what she'll be doing at Midnight. *mutters* ...how I envy Melissa, Emerson, and the 70 other people who will be in Edinburgh that night....

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Miriam Huber - May 14, 2005 4:04 am (#61 of 170)

At 1.01 (midnight in the UK) I will be listening to JKR´s first reading of the new book via radio!

I would not like to queue up for the book (between children with lipstick-scars and plastic glasses and idiots who shout spoilers around), but until now amazon Germany has not guaranteed release day delivery -- and I will NOT wait until monday if I can help it!

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azi - May 14, 2005 4:20 am (#62 of 170)

Photo borrowed from Ardent Photography
The worst thing that could happen is that JKR gives her midnight reading, answers questions related to the book and the next morning the papers are full of it and they ruin the story for us all. I'm trying to think how I can become a hermit for a few hours. Due to the rather silly public transport service where I live I can't get to the store for midnight so I'll have to get the book the next morning. Although, if the reading is on radio, I will most definately be listening!

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Mare - May 16, 2005 4:03 pm (#63 of 170)

Edited May 20, 2005 4:44 am
Wendelin wrote: Well, my celebration starts on the 15th of July, when I turn 32 at exactly 11:30pm.
Hee heee... So it will be a great day indeedy! Happy Birthday to me! (and everyone else who shares the same bday celebration too Very Happy )

Well happy birthday to you and me! I ordered at the bookstore at my parents home the moment the news was released. (the bookstore in my own town is good, but has very unfriendly people).
My mums happy, because it ensures me being home at my birthday. she is also happy because the book will be released the day after my birthday and not the day before, so I will actually interact with my guests.

I am going to try to read the book slowly, which means I'm going to have to cut down on my news, my forum and my mail...
It also means I will not be able to be here for the first discussion and the first peeks on JKR.com

Sigh... maybe I have to read it fast anyway...

I don't think the bookstore will have a party, so I will just be there 9 o clock in the morning to pick up my copy (I wonder if i can choose wich version?

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far from prefect - May 19, 2005 1:52 pm (#64 of 170)

Talk about crazy timing! I will be in the middle of a very long martial arts test at midnight on July 16th! But, my daughter will be at our local independent bookstore (Powell's City of Books if you know Portland Oregon) and she will bring the treasure home.

Like Choices and Snuffles, we are going to try to read it slowly to savor the experience. We usually read it aloud to each other first time through and then each read it again as many times as we like. But, who knows, we may get carried away and have to blaze through!

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Phelim Mcintyre - May 21, 2005 4:43 am (#65 of 170)

Not so much on July 16th, but on July 17th I will be tring to start a forum/thread to discuss HBP in a way that will not spoil it for slower readers.

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Ladybug220 - May 21, 2005 6:36 am (#66 of 170)

...moves faster than Severus Snape confronted with shampoo
Phelim, they will probably freeze the forum for that weekend so that everyone can read.

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Mrs Brisbee - May 23, 2005 7:28 pm (#67 of 170)

Well, I was planning to go pick up my book from the book store at 9 a.m., head home and commence reading, but it turns out I will be going to a big open house at my husband's work place instead, but it should be fun. So the book will have to wait until evening for me to pick it up (I'll insist we drive straight to the book store afterwards).

I'd like to read it slowly, too. But I live in fear of spoilers, and don't want the end ruined because I read too slowly and accidently overhear something somewhere. There was a lot of media hype surrounding OotP, and HBP will probably be the same.

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siobhan - May 27, 2005 9:45 am (#68 of 170)

I'll be in france workin Sad so you'll probably have it all read before i get my hands on it. I was just wondering what version do they sell in france? the american version or the english version, silly question i know but i want to know if i should pre order it

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Elanor - May 27, 2005 11:55 am (#69 of 170)

Hi Siobhan! I think you will find the English version in stores here since July 16th and I think some bookstores will have midnight parties (if you are in a big town). I have ordered the UK adult edition on amazon.fr and I believe they sell both the English and American versions, though it may takes longer to get the american one. Hope it helps and that you will have some great time here!

As for me, I hope I will receive the book on the 16th but, just in case, I will also have one put aside in a bookstore in a bigger town than mine so that I will be sure to start reading it on the 16th! I'm sure I can do with two copies of it... When I will have it (and after saying "oh my G-d!" a thousand times holding it in shaking hands), I will shut myself away in my appartment with enough chocolate at hand, disconnect phones and do as Harry in CoS, pretend I'm not here...

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James Greenfield - May 29, 2005 7:47 pm (#70 of 170)

Last time, when OotP came out, my wife and I dressed as characters ( Fudge and McGonagall, respectively) and went to our local Borders to wait for local midnight (8 hours after British Summer Time).

I expect we will do something similar this time. I need to make sure my local costume shop has a cloak available (had to settle for black last time, they didn't have pinstripe).Then we will probably spend most of Saturday and Sunday reading chapters in succession, or out loud.

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essie125 - Jun 1, 2005 3:21 am (#71 of 170)

Jo, of course I think about Alan when I think about Snape, Who wouldn't think about Alan all day every day eh.
hopefully I'm going to be reading the HBP, but I went to the book shop where I made a resevation for my copy and the woman their said that they might not have HPB on July the 16th. Or they will get it delivered that day. As it's on a saturday and the shop is usually closed on sunday I'm afraid there is a chance that I will have to wait for monday. But another shopassistent told me that they might open up extra early if the book did arrive on time. Also my dad told me that we have to go and visit my granddad, because it's his birthday. But hopefully the book will be in time and they will open the shop early. It's in my holiday so I'm free. I willbe there as early as I can, buy the book, do some shopping Food etc. and go home. lock myself in my room. Make sure all my pets have enough to eat. (Anyone who has had guinea pigs, knows what they are like when it comes to food.) And read. Hopefully I will have finished it by the evening and if it's really good I will probably read it again on sunday. I will spend the rest of the week reading all the other copies to see how the books are linked. i love doing that, you always notice things you did not notice before.

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Julia. - Jun 1, 2005 9:29 am (#72 of 170)

74% obsessed! Uconn Jew Crew says: is it August yet?
Weeee! Yesterday I reserved my copy of HBP for pick up at midnight on July 16.

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Miriam Huber - Jun 1, 2005 1:59 pm (#73 of 170)

I don´t know where to put it so I put it here, although it is more about what I will do BEFORE the 16th of July.

I will, have perhaps already started to, say goodbye to the HP world as it is now. Does anyone feel like me?

Of course, I am waiting with impatience for the next book, and I don´t want this to sound dramatic. But in a way, it is like saying goodbye to a certain time of your life. Even if the future is bright, you know you will never be where you are at the moment, the world will never be the same around you. The HP world will look quite different, perhaps very different at the end of book 6 (and I am not only, but also, talking about missing characters). Look, for example, at the difference of your HP-world-view before and after OoP! The view we have at the moment will never come back.

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Elfcat - Jun 1, 2005 2:18 pm (#74 of 170)

What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back? A Stick.
Aww, Miriam, that's so sad!

Far From Prefect- What kind of martial arts do you take? I must know! *crosses fingers and hopes against hope that's it's the same style I know*

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far from prefect - Jun 2, 2005 2:22 pm (#75 of 170)

Hi Elfcat, It is a beautiful Indonesian martial art called Poekoelan. Have you heard of it? I study at a school called One With Heart in Portland, Oregon. I am excited about my test, but I wish it weren't on the HBP weekend! That's ok, though. because I am planning on reading it slowly.

Miriam, I know exactly what you mean... there is no going back to how things were before. Remember how happy we were at the end of PoA?

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Elfcat - Jun 2, 2005 5:19 pm (#76 of 170)

What do you call a boomerang that doesn't come back? A Stick.
Aw, booger. I take a Korean form called Tang Soo Do. However, if you attend tournaments we may yet meet. There was talk of one in Portland my friend and I may be going to. I have a test comming up soon too, but I keep missing class because of Driver's Ed. D'oh!

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Phelim Mcintyre - Jun 6, 2005 4:59 am (#77 of 170)

On a side note, other than who the half blood-prince is, what are you dying to know? What would tempt you to flick through the book rather than read it properly? Who dies? Who uses magic late in life? Who is the next DADA teacher? And be honest, who will read the last page (or chapter) efore they start the book properly?

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Molly Fox - Jun 5, 2005 8:44 pm (#78 of 170)

Stores Near You Releasing HBP at Midnight

No matter where you live in the world, if you know of a store near you that will be open late to release HBP at midnight, please let everyone know. Be sure to list the country, state, town, and whatever else you think will be helpful. Let the countdown for HBP begin... (or actually continue since it began in 1999) Wink

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Amilia Smith - Jun 6, 2005 2:41 pm (#79 of 170)

Phelim: I really want to know what Harry's OWL grades are. But as that is likely to be in the first part of the book, I will not be skipping ahead.

Mills.

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lemonbalm&bees - Jun 6, 2005 9:20 pm (#80 of 170)

"This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything." ~D.A.
Phelim McI- I used to look at the first sentance and the last sentance of book I read when I was younger. Just so I could marvel at how the author could create such an extrordinary path from the first thought to the last. However, with HBP coming out, way too much is at stake emotionally! If I flipped ahead, I would regret it for so long. Perhaps I ought to staple all the pages together and undo them one by one as I make my way through front to back. No, I'm fairly sure willpower will carry me through. Oh, I wish you hadn't said that! Now I'll be so tempted! Wink

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librarian314 - Jun 7, 2005 11:21 am (#81 of 170)

Hey all!

I'm planning on attending a party somewhere (haven't 100% decided where yet; there are quite a few stores staying open late near where I live but none of them seem like they're terribly enthused about it yet.) and dressing up as Tonks. Then, I will come home and read for a bit, go to bed, wake up a few hours later, read a bit more, and then go to a friend's bridal shower. I will leave the book at home because if I didn't I wouldn't participate at the shower. Luckily, it's not going to be one of those silly bridal showers where you play lots of goofy games but one where we go to Eastern Market in D.C. and do more interesting stuff. Then I will come home and if I can pry the book out of my husband's hands, read some more until I finish or fall asleep.

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applepie - Jun 8, 2005 9:31 am (#82 of 170)

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much." -- Oscar Wilde
I am hoping that my local Barnes and Noble will be having a release party. But, if they are not, I will head to Wal-Mart and pick it up there at the stroke of midnight.

I will probably spend all night reading and be a very cranky mommy on Sunday!

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lemonbalm&bees - Jun 8, 2005 10:19 pm (#83 of 170)

"This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything." ~D.A.
I'll go pick up my reserved copy at Borders. As well as the largest cup of chai they have to offer. No falling asleep for at least the first five chapters... I will NOT be in the company of any other Harry Potter enthusiasts. On the night that GoF came out, I was spending the weekend with my friend's family. She got so engrossed in the book and was completely lost to the world. When OotP came out, I was touring with a drum corps, and had no way to get ahold of the book. A few people managed to get a copy in the mail from their families. Despite how sleep-deprived we were, they managed to stay awake in the hallway reading. And they all ended up crying towards the end of the book. It was so frustrating knowing that I would have to wait months! This time, I'm just going to come straight out with it. I'll tell my boyfriend: "look, I need to go read for a little while, okay? Go... play a video game or something." Aaaaa! I can't wait!

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essie125 - Jun 10, 2005 3:24 am (#84 of 170)

Jo, of course I think about Alan when I think about Snape, Who wouldn't think about Alan all day every day eh.
I just realized something. I live in the netherlands, so that is central european time. If I were to go and buy the book at 0.00 on the 16th of July. By the time it is 0.00 in the United States we in Europe could have already finished it. Or be well om the way. Does anyone know how this will affect the forum. I mean you have these speedreading groups here in the NL. They finished OoP in about three hours. and in the 12 o' clock news they were telling everybody that Sirius would die and I hadn't even got to page 200. Those stupid ***** (You can fill that in any way you want it. I don't care HIHI). Is the forum going to do something about the fact that some people might not even have had time to buy the book when others have had time to finish it? Or is everyone just going to avoid the forum on the 15th and the 16th of July?

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Miriam Huber - Jun 10, 2005 8:11 am (#85 of 170)

essie,

are you sure you even will get the book at midnight? As far as I know, the Netherlands are in the same time zone as Germany which means: when it is midnight here it is only 23.00 in the UK. Somebody on the forum told my that the books where nowhere to be sold before 0.00 UK time (I find this plausible). So we would get them only at 1.00 o´clock.

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dizzy lizzy - Jun 10, 2005 6:36 pm (#86 of 170)

There is more to life than increasing its speed: Mahatama Ghandi.
essie,

If you go to my posts numbers 18 and 38, I explain the timing of the releases and it implications. As I have had no-one to contradict me on my assumptions, you can assume they are correct for now.

Lizzy

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Round Pink Spider - Jun 11, 2005 4:14 am (#87 of 170)

Crazed Writer
I will also be at a Barnes and Noble with my daughter for a midnight release. Hopefully I'll be dressed as Professor McGonagall, but if not I'll still be there! My husband always expects my daughter and I to read all night, so I would guess that I'll be going to church the night before, then read-read-read. And as soon as I'm done (and I've gotten some sleep), I expect I'll have to start reading the book out loud to the rest of the crew (I've read all the books to our family).

My sympathies to anyone who can't get it the day of release... what agony!

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dobbyiscool - Jun 12, 2005 8:12 am (#88 of 170)

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult. --Charlotte Whitton
lemonbalm&bees, which drum corps were you with?

My family knows not to disturb me that day. When GoF came out, my dad and I had planned a trip to DeSmitt (home of Laura Ingells Wilder) together. I preordered the book, thinking it would be delivered later that day, and it showed up right as we were about to leave. I read the first chapter while I ate breakfast, but my dad wouldn't let me bring the book with, because it was supposed to be a day for just the two of us. I had fun, but all day I was wondering what the heck the whole Frank thing was about.

For OoP, I waited (not so) patiently for the UPS guy. I plan on doing the same next month. Except I will be skimming through the other books while I wait, because heaven only knows when the book will actually reach my door.

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Ydnam96 - Jun 14, 2005 12:29 pm (#89 of 170)

I will be at the Barnes and Nobels in West Covina California at 8pm on July 15th waiting for my pre-ordered book. If ANYONE lives in the area and wants to come with me I would love it as...I will be there alone with all the little kiddies. Oh well, what one wll do for a good book.

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essie125 - Jun 15, 2005 10:11 am (#90 of 170)

Jo, of course I think about Alan when I think about Snape, Who wouldn't think about Alan all day every day eh.
HBP release time.

I just realized something. I live in the netherlands, so that is central european time. If I were to go and buy the book at 0.00 on the 16th of July. By the time it is 0.00 in the United States we in Europe could have already finished it. Or be well om the way. Does anyone know how this will affect the forum. I mean you have these speedreading groups here in the NL. They finished OoP in about three hours. and in the 12 o' clock news they were telling everybody that Sirius would die and I hadn't even got to page 200. Those stupid ***** (You can fill that in any way you want it. I don't care HIHI). Is the forum going to do something about the fact that some people might not even have had time to buy the book when others have had time to finish it? Or is everyone just going to avoid the forum on the 15th and the 16th of July?

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Kip Carter - Jun 10, 2005 4:21 am (#91 of 170)

co-Host with Steve on the Lexicon Forum, but he has the final say as the Owner!
Yes, essie, our Hosts are very aware of this situation and will have a plan in action before the release date to allow our members to avoid "spoilers". A thread explaining what will happen will be posted on this Forum plus a line in the banner area at the top of the Forum's main page and also on the Forum page on the Lexicon shortly before July 16th.

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KWeldon - Jun 10, 2005 6:39 am (#92 of 170)

So glad to hear this, Kip. Will it address what we can and can't discuss in the week or two following the release of the book? I had been thinking about avoiding the Forum altogether for quite a while to avoid any problems. Can it be posted prominently somewhere how to write in invisible font, for example, or is that too cumbersome?

Thanks for all that you do.

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spinowner - Jun 10, 2005 7:03 am (#93 of 170)

I plan to stay completely away from the forum beginning a few days before the release until I have completed the book. It is the only sure way to avoid any spoilers. (This will be an even bigger problem when book 7 is released. I may have to go into total isolation until I finish that one.)

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Madame Pomfrey - Jun 10, 2005 8:20 am (#94 of 170)

I'm with Spinowner. I dont plan to visit the forum til after I read the book.The forum is here to discuss the books and I dont see why those who have already read should have to wait to post their thoughts so..the simplest solution is to wait til after you read the book to visit the forum.Thats just my opinion of course.

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applepie - Jun 10, 2005 8:35 am (#95 of 170)

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much." -- Oscar Wilde
I will desparately try to stay away for fear of spoilers that I will not be able to resist.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jun 10, 2005 10:15 am (#96 of 170)

Thanks Kip. I was hoping there would be special threads set up for the different readers. I'm really interested in a thread for people who have finished the book. I do not want to spoil it for anyone but I know I'm going to want to post about the book when I'm done. I also do not want to post on any of the character threads while people are still reading the book. LPO

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Miriam Huber - Jun 10, 2005 10:15 am (#97 of 170)

But wouldn´t it be interesting for those who want (though I am not promising I will be patient enough to be one of them) to discuss HBP chapter-wise? I was just listening to "Padfoot returns" in GOF and imagined a thread bursting with theories about how to connect all the clues the trio tells Sirius BEFORE knowing how they are really connected. Would have been fun, wouldn´t it?

So why not have chapter-wise threads (and nobody may post who has read more than up to the named chapter!)?

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Choices - Jun 10, 2005 10:44 am (#98 of 170)

*Completely Obsessed With Harry Potter*
I'll be here and I must say, nothing, NOTHING could spoil book 6 for me. Tell me how it ends right now and I will still read it and reread it many, many times with relish.

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fleur-de-lys - Jun 10, 2005 10:51 am (#99 of 170)

I'm not going to have time to go on the forum after the release. I'll be too busy reading, rereading and rereading again. Giving more ammo to the hubby that I'm just an HP nut.

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timrew - Jun 10, 2005 10:54 am (#100 of 170)

Middle-aged Harry Potter fan
Choices: I'll be here and I must say, nothing, NOTHING could spoil book 6 for me. Tell me how it ends right now and I will still read it and reread it many, many times with relish.

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applepie - Jun 10, 2005 11:05 am (#101 of 170)
"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much." -- Oscar Wilde
I think the chapter-by-chapter threads is a good idea. I'm so horrible at picking up clues, and it would help me pick up on some of the clues that I am sure to miss. So many of you have such wonderful theories, and pick up on clues so easily, that I would like to be able to read about it then, so I can be more perceptive to the rest of the book.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jun 10, 2005 11:31 am (#102 of 170)

Timrew Poor Grawp. Hagger wants a lady friend for Grawp. Dolores Jane is no lady!

Applepie I am hopeless about picking up on clues. But I can't restrain my self to only read one chapter at a time then post. I'm going to read it all in one sitting. Maybe on the reread I could participate. LPO

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Choices - Jun 10, 2005 12:03 pm (#103 of 170)

*Completely Obsessed With Harry Potter*
timrew - LOL Now I really can't wait to read it!!! Details....I must have details. LOL

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Good Evans - Jun 10, 2005 12:26 pm (#104 of 170)

Practically perfect in every way
I will read at least three chapters from gmt midnight til I go to bed (well when hubby wrenches it out of my hands and makes me go to bed) we are then leaving in the morning for our holiday - so I dont think I will get on the forum. I hope to have the book finished by Sunday and then start the first re read, much slower. From my point of view waiting til I get back from holiday to discuss it with everyone will be sheer h***. However I think I would finish reading the first time before I came on here. But I am sure the speedreaders will be very keen to get on here to discuss - so I am pleased that the forum will keep the rules on spoiling in force.

But does this not mean that the hosts and moderators wont get a chance to read if they are watching the posts to keep the forum spolier free, from error postings????!!!! I do hope not.

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S.E. Jones - Jun 10, 2005 1:13 pm (#105 of 170)

Let it snow!
I don't think anyone is going to have to worry about avoiding the forum for fear of spoilers, at least until after the book is released. The Hosts are all going to be keeping an eye open for anyone who might post a spoiler before the book is officially released (and good luck staying a member in good standing if you do), and we are considering the European time difference there.

I think it would be just fine if some members want to do a chapter by chapter read of the book as a group and I'm sure a Host will be more than willing to set those threads up if enough people want them. (Do keep in mind, though, that anyone not wanting to be spoiled at that point may want to stay on those read-along threads.)

P.S. Don't worry, the Hosts will have time to read the books too. I'm sure Kip will make an official announcement as we get closer to July 16th.

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applepie - Jun 10, 2005 1:15 pm (#106 of 170)

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much." -- Oscar Wilde
LPO, you wouldn't have to restrain yourself to one chapter, but you could check the lexicon at your leisure and read up on the chapters you have gotten through.

I can't read it all in one sitting, but I hope to be done in a couple of days. I will definitely read as much as I can in the evenings, and whenever the kids are busy occupying themselves, but if we have family functions to attend, it will make the read more difficult.

I try not to let my passion for reading keep me away from my family. If they are busying themselves with something, I will read. Otherwise, I wait until the house is quiet and plop myself on the sofa for the night.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jun 10, 2005 1:34 pm (#107 of 170)

S.E. Jones Hats off to you moderators! It must seem like the worlds largest baby sitting job sometimes. I know the Lexicon will take care of our various demands. It is wonderful to be able to share our passion with people all over the world. I really appreciate that we can come on here and learn from each other.

Applepie I'll try that. I confess I haven't done a thread on reading chapters. It will be fun. LPO

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applepie - Jun 10, 2005 1:40 pm (#108 of 170)

"Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much." -- Oscar Wilde
LPO, neither have I. But I fear that I will not be able to keep myself off of the forum, no matter how much I try. So, at least a chapter thread would be some consolation for me.

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Ms Amanda - Jun 10, 2005 3:22 pm (#109 of 170)

My goodness! I guess we're all pretty curious as to how this is going to be handled. I'm afraid I'm pretty new to the forum, and I was wondering: how was it handled at the release of OotP?

Were there any valid complaints with that system?

I'd sorta imagined that there'd be an imposed blackout of three days; so I'd never wondered if the mods would get to read, too. If the forum stays up and running, what will the mods do to read?

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Denise P. - Jun 10, 2005 5:40 pm (#110 of 170)

Ravenclaw Pony
We sit at our keyboards, reading

As Kip said, plans are already in the works on how to handle this and when they are fine tuned, we will let everyone know in plenty of time before it is put in place.

Sarah is also correct in that we take spoilers very seriously and work hard to keep them off to the best of our abilities.

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Jessalynn Quirky - Jun 11, 2005 12:47 pm (#111 of 170)

I read very fast, even when I try to read slowly (I read OotP with 8 hours) so I probably won't avoid the forum. But I am interested to see how this will be handled.

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essie125 - Jun 13, 2005 5:59 am (#112 of 170)

Jo, of course I think about Alan when I think about Snape, Who wouldn't think about Alan all day every day eh.
I will stay away from the forum until monday I think. And then I will claim my dad's PC for my own. I'm so curious what other people will think of this book. Will it be as good as PoA, easily my favourite HP book. This morning I wnet to look something up in that book and I ended up reading the rest as well. I hope it's not to much like CoS, because that's the book I like to read less. Though I still like it very much ofcourse.

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popkin - Jun 13, 2005 6:16 am (#113 of 170)

mother
Edited by Jun 13, 2005 6:16 am
I first started reading this forum just after reading Order of the Phoenix. Following the long wait, in spite of the extraordinary length of the book, I ached to read more Harry Potter. It was great to find the Lexicon. At that time, the spoiler warnings were still on, and remained for a very long time - as I recall we were to avoid spoilers for several months. That was good, but I'm hoping to have a place to freely discuss every aspect of HBP, too.

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essie125 - Jun 13, 2005 8:49 am (#114 of 170)

Jo, of course I think about Alan when I think about Snape, Who wouldn't think about Alan all day every day eh.
Me too. I think everyone will be dying to express their views on how the series will end. I mean after this book there will be only one other HP book. I think I will feel the same way when I finish book seven as I felt after I finished Lord of the Rings. So sad that we will not read more about the characters we came to love so much. The epilogue, just won't be sufficient.

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Ponine - Jun 13, 2005 10:46 am (#115 of 170)

I reject your reality and substitute my own!
As several of us also suggested on the questions for the hosts thread, I can't see how chapter threads for HBP can be so bad?!? We post about things ONLY pertaining to the specific chapter, and tying it in only with previous chapters if relevant, never about a following one. People who go into the chapter threads KNOW that each thread covers a chapter in HP Prince, and will be littered with spoilers. If something traumatic happens - (I am so worried about my Ronnie...), I need a place to go, you guys!! We have to be able to do this in a safe and practical manner!! Also - I was under the impression that the book actually is released on the strike of midnight, UK time all over the world - am I that mistaken??

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S.E. Jones - Jun 13, 2005 1:31 pm (#116 of 170)

Let it snow!
It isn't released at UK time everywhere. In the US, for instance, it will be released on July 16, at midnight, even though it will have been available to UK fans for about 6 hours or so (depending on your timezone). That's why there are so many midnight release parties here in the US.

As has been said before, I don't think anyone will have to avoid the forum for fear of spoilers prior to the book's release. Kip will make an announcement with enough time to spare so that everyone knows how things will be handled.

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Ydnam96 - Jun 13, 2005 5:31 pm (#117 of 170)

Ponine

I've always thought (okay since book 5 was released) that if the Brits and such can get it at midnight their time we should be able to get it then as well.

I live on the West Coast of the US. And if I had more money I would travel to the East Coast, far out there in Maine where it is 3 1/2 hours ahead and get a copy then. But alas. I have to wait till it's midnight here. Which is alike 9 hours after people in England get it. I mean, there will be some people who have finished the book by the time I get it! (I know, whaaaaaaaaaaa) Wink

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Amilia Smith - Jun 13, 2005 7:41 pm (#118 of 170)

If it makes you feel any better, Mandy, I'm 3 hours behind you. Just about as far west as you can go without being east.

Mills.

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Gina R Snape - Jun 13, 2005 7:46 pm (#119 of 170)

"The world isn't split into good people and death eaters"
For those of you who were wondering about last time... Well, WX had a meltdown and we had a 'fun' time just finding each other.

I don't advise keeping the Lex spoiler-free for months and months. I'd say a few dedicated threads for a week or two or even three, then open the board. Last time people got really restless and started discussing amongst themselves in chats and on offshoot boards and such. And while camping out on the WX alternates was fun, we were all aching to come home.

Of course, I should mention that the WX meltdown was nothing to do with our hosts. The main server crashed as they tried to switch over to a new machine and it was just exceptionally bad timing for us Potterphiles, Potterheads, Potties, Fanimagi, St. Mungos inmates and whatever else we were calling ourselves at the time.

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S.E. Jones - Jun 13, 2005 8:32 pm (#120 of 170)

Let it snow!
Don't worry Gina, I don't think we'll be keeping the board spoiler free for months and months. Again, we'll let everyone know in plenty of time how things will be handled so don't worry about spoilers before it's time to get your hands on the book...

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Sticky Glue - Jun 13, 2005 10:55 pm (#121 of 170)

Living in New Zealand, we are almost a day ahead of some of you, but we can't buy the book until midnight UK time, so that means 11am on the 17th for us. I thought the rest of you could also buy it once it hit midnight in the UK, if you can't, I would guess that it's to do with your publishers, maybe you need to put pressure on your USA publisher?

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Weeny Owl - Jun 14, 2005 8:50 am (#122 of 170)

This is just a suggestion, but there's a TV program I like and a forum where it's discussed, and they have two intersting threads:

Speculation WITHOUT Spoilers
Speculation WITH Spoilers

People can choose whether or not they want to just speculate based on what's happened in previous episodes or speculate based on promos for the next episode or what the producer has said in interviews, etc.

I, for one, want to go all out with talking about everything in HbP, so I hope there's going to be somewhere here that we can do just that without having to suffer endless bouts of what seems like the Cruciatus Curse. Yes, that's melodramatic, isn't it?

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S.E. Jones - Jun 14, 2005 1:48 pm (#123 of 170)

Let it snow!
I somehow don't think any Host will have to be prosecuted for using an Unforgivable. We are looking at all aspects of the days surrounding the release and how things will be handled. I know Kip intends to post something to the forum, in plenty of time before the release, to let everyone know what is going on and how things will be handled. Just be patient and focus on other threads that tickle your imagination.

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Weeny Owl - Jun 15, 2005 10:11 am (#124 of 170)

I'm just teasing, Sarah. I know Kip and all of you will handle this in the right way. I'm just as impatient as Hermione before exams.

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GryffEndora - Jun 15, 2005 12:20 pm (#125 of 170)

Our heads could do with filling with some interesting stuff, for now they're bare and full of air, dead flies and bits of fluff
I have been planning on attending the local midnight release party but was afraid that I'd be alone there and feel like a real geek! Mind you, I'd still probably go, I'd just feel stupid. I recently asked my aunt if she would let me take my younger cousins along. (I'm 32 they are 12, 12 & 15.) She said sure and they are excited to go too. I toyed with the idea of dressing up as Tonks but I think even that might be too much for their teenage egos. They want to be soooo cool. I then decided to order the "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good" T-shirt and wear that. So now I have plans, people to go with and an outfit!

I want to read to book immediately and I also want it to last forever because it will be so long before any new information comes out. I may stay away for a bit but it sounds like there will be safe areas to gather in so I may still be around just very cautious about what I'm reading. I dread the idea of someone trying to be clever or mean and blurting out a spoiler where I am accidentally reading and there, it's ruined for me. I will also avoid things like radio, TV, the Daily Show, and Best Week Ever. I don't need any mass mediated outlet telling me what I don't want to hear!

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Phelim Mcintyre - Jun 18, 2005 4:50 am (#126 of 170)

28 days. In 28 days time I will be reading Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince. 28 days. Four weeks. can I last that long? Can I remember where I put my pre-order slips. Oh the agony.......

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Astragynia Winifred Posy Miranda Yseult Cawdor - Jun 19, 2005 5:19 pm (#127 of 170)

"dressing up as Tonks?" LOL! How could you possibly NOT look like Tonks?! It's the ultimate costume:

"Why aren't you dressed up?" "Oh, I am. I'm Tonks undercover as a (insert description of self here) Muggle."

And if you really go in for details, you could always have a wand in your back pocket...

As for me, though, I think I may just go the opposite direction, and draw a dark mark on my arm to see if anybody notices.

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Madam Pince - Jun 19, 2005 6:48 pm (#128 of 170)

The eyes are the windows to the soul...
Ooooo, Astragynia, I like the "dark mark" idea! You will probably get some very startled looks!

We visited out-of-town friends last week, and Mr. Pince and I invited them to reciprocate with a visit to see us sometime this summer. Guess which weekend they immediately suggested as being ideal for them? Aaaaaagh! You guessed it! Apparently he works over the weekends frequently, and it just happens that the weekend of July 16th is one weekend he is off from work, and wouldn't it just be lovely if they could come up then? I'm dyin' here!!!! We already have the family reunion that Saturday! If I end up having to play hostess, I may not get to even start reading until Monday or Tuesday! Nooooooooooo!!!!

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Julia. - Jun 19, 2005 7:28 pm (#129 of 170)

74% obsessed! Uconn Jew Crew says: is it August yet?
Hmmmm, Madam P. I think this might be an OK time to say "I'm so sorry, but that weekend just doesn't work for me."

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João Paulo Costa - Jun 20, 2005 4:32 am (#130 of 170)

I've asked the local bookstore to reserve me a copy of the book. I'll probably go and get during the 16th, as I know no midnight realease parties here in Madrid, where I am living now.

And I will not be getting back to the HP_lexicon before reading every page of HBP!

Good readings to all!

Joao Costa.

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Phelim Mcintyre - Jun 20, 2005 4:47 am (#131 of 170)

Madame Pince - they probably just want to come round to read your copy of HBP Wink

But I can say one thing none of us will be doing.....posting on the Forum. We will be too busy reading.

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pottermom34 - Jun 20, 2005 7:03 am (#132 of 170)

I don't know I can see some of us posting after certain chapters or every chapter for that matter, just to say if their theories were right or wrong.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jun 20, 2005 3:56 pm (#133 of 170)

I am looking forward to the announcement about how things will be arranged on the Forum. I will want to post after reading HBP but I'm staying clear until I'm done. Pottermom34 it will be so much fun reading which theories were correct and which were not! The Forum has really helped me to get a lot more out of the books. So many wonderful discussions. LPO

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Regan of Gong - Jun 22, 2005 1:27 am (#134 of 170)

Self declared doctor of everything.
Well, since I live in Australia, I'll be getting the book at 9:01am at my local Dymocks store. It's already paid for and they gave us a coupon with a 1/2 size image of the cover of HBP so I can sit at home studying it. I could probably read it in a day, but I'm still debating on whether to do it in one day or just a couple of chapters a day.

The bad news is I might be in Melbourne, so I'm still trying to re-arange the whole trip. I'm not sure wether the coupon will be cashed at only my local store or abroad.

Wish me luck- Regan
P.S Anyone else realised that the spell check doesn't recognise HBP?

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Herm oh ninny - Jun 22, 2005 8:41 am (#135 of 170)

"Accio treats!"
Well, I work until 2:00. I have already set the alarm on my cell phone to go off every hour(it will play the harry potter theme song!) My sisters and I are going to go out to dinner, then go and watch "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" at our local theater, and then then go to Barnes & Noble at about 10:30. We will get our copies of the book at midnight, go home, and stay up well into the dawn reading!! Yes, we have this all already planned... can you say obsessed!!

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freshwater - Jun 23, 2005 7:39 am (#136 of 170)

Connections, speculation, discussion: the best part of HP reading! Check out the on-going HP Lex Forum series re-read! Currently reading GoF...
My son and I will go to Oakbrook, IL on the afternoon of the 15th to experience their version of Diagon Alley. I'll dress up as Luna and my son insists on going as a Slytherin **sigh**. We'll pick up our book at a local bookstore at midnight, and then walk back to our hotel to read until we can't keep out eyes open. On the way home on Saturday we'll stop off in Waukesha, WI to participate in a special geocaching event--A Very Harry Deal--with 20 special one-day-only caches with an HP theme.

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Kwikspell - Jun 23, 2005 11:46 am (#137 of 170)

Marketers? Bah!
Freshwater,

Oak Park, Illinois hosts "Diagon Alley" not Oakbrook. I only mention that because there IS an Oakbrook that's also a suburb of Chicago and not too far away from Oak Park. I just want to make sure you're going to the right city. See ya there! ;-)

And that geocaching event sounds very cool! Let us all know how it goes!

Anyone else planning on attending the Oak Park bash?

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Madam Pince - Jun 23, 2005 2:35 pm (#138 of 170)

The eyes are the windows to the soul...
Madame Librarian (Barb) lives very near there, I think, Kwikspell, so I wouldn't be surprised to see her there. Barb, are you out there? Haven't heard from you much since your Italy trip!?

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freshwater - Jun 24, 2005 8:13 pm (#139 of 170)

Connections, speculation, discussion: the best part of HP reading! Check out the on-going HP Lex Forum series re-read! Currently reading GoF...
Oops! Thanks for that correction, Kwikspell! That's what I get for relying on my memory. Here's hoping we end up in the correct town on the 15th!

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Phelim Mcintyre - Jun 25, 2005 1:17 am (#140 of 170)

In three weeks time we will be reading THAT BOOK. The suspense is killing me. And I have to work most of the day. But it could be worse. Imagine working in a bookshop from midnight selling Harry Potters to loads and loads of people and unable to catch a glimpse of the story yourself. Torture for a Harry Potter fan, and even worse for those strange people who do not like the story.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jun 26, 2005 8:03 pm (#141 of 170)

A friend of ours just got his pilot's license We have been invited to their house to celebrate on the 16th. I'll be done with HBP but not much company since I will have been up all night reading. Some people have no consideration. LPO

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Kwikspell - Jun 27, 2005 7:27 am (#142 of 170)

Marketers? Bah!
A friend of mine is going to be traveling in China--specifically, Shanghai--on the 16th and flying out the 17th. She would LOVE to get her hands on an English copy of HBP to read on the 14+ hour plane ride home. Do we know if the book will be released in China at 12:00 am GMT? Anyone know of a book store in Shanghai where she'd be able to find it?

I know it's a long shot...

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Mare - Jun 27, 2005 7:55 am (#143 of 170)

I googled shanghai books english and found a forum, so what follows is a copy of that forum. hope it helps.

Anyone able to tell me where some good English-language bookstores are located?

Fuzhou Rd (runs parallel to East Nanjing Rd, a couple of blocks South) has a lot of bookstores. The biggest, Book City, has an impressive selection of imported titles (go up to the top floor and there's a couple of rooms of them.) The Foreign Languages Bookstore is also nearby on Fuzhou Rd and probably also has some titles of interest.

The Scholar Book store in Meiluocheng (Metro City) in Xujiahui has a much smaller collection of imports. There's another new Scholar store on Fuzhou Rd, but apparently no imports.

A lot of other book stores will have some English titles, but they are mostly confined to those older classic books (whose copyrights presumably expired long ago.) Those books have the advantage of being very cheap, I think around 15 RMB. By LeiFeng

There is a very good book store in Xujiahui. It is on Hongqiao Rd, right beside the Orient Shopping Center. I don't know the exact address, but it should be around 2-6, Hongqiao Rd. By Wangjianshuo

I found some foreign books at Jifeng bookstore (South Shanxi Rd Station,) another English bookstore in Citic Square. You can even find the latest magazines: Newsweek, the Economist, USA Today, South China Morning Post, Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest... CNPIEC Bookstore, Rm 522, 1168 Nanjing West Rd, Citic Square (East of Plaza 66) By lijunj

Another google later I came across an article about online bookstores in shanghai. Apparently they had started a price war.

Similar to airfare wars, Joyo.com wasted no time in matching Dangdang's discount.

It further slashed the price to 39 yuan. It also offered buyers a free copy of the Chinese version if they purchased the 178-yuan English version.

So the article was about the english version...

Shanghai Book City, the city's largest bookshop, currently sells 200 to 300 copies daily.

The article was from 27 september 2003. The latest adventure of Harry Potter triggered an online price war after the fifth book in the series hit national bookshelves last weekend.
Order of the phoenix however was released June 21, 2003.

So it looks like Shanghai book city is her best bet, BUT she might want to mail or call to check if they will have it that day. Except the only link I could find to what might be that book store is in chinese characters only...

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Miriam Huber - Jun 27, 2005 9:22 am (#144 of 170)

I´m not at all a China specialist, but I suppose if ever, you would get the book in a bookshop at the airport - normally that is the most "international" area, isn´t it?

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Kwikspell - Jun 27, 2005 9:36 am (#145 of 170)

Marketers? Bah!
Mare,

You're the greatest! Debra thanks you wholeheartedly. We were able to use the Google feature to translate the first page of the Book City web site which gave us the address and phone number, so Debra will check to see if the book is in that day.

Have two butterbeers on us!

Edit: And yes, Miriam, she was hoping they have it at the Shanghai airport, but figured she'd cover all her bases.

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Mare - Jun 28, 2005 8:05 am (#146 of 170)

You're welcome. I hope they have it!

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echo - Jul 1, 2005 5:28 am (#147 of 170)

I am 30 years old, and I am quivering in anticipation for the 16th. My mother-in-law, my oldest daughter, and myself will all be at our local book store at midnight to get our books. after that we leave for a 5 night cruise to the Bahamas lots of time to read...

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João Paulo Costa - Jul 1, 2005 8:11 am (#148 of 170)

Goodbye to pre-HP & Half-Blood Prince


--*--* IMPORTANT note to moderators: I got the idea from a post in the Thread "What will you be doing in July 16th?", but could not find it again. I put this with the intention of trying to say "goodbye" to all the assumptions that have been made in the past two years (since OoP), now that the sixth book is only two weeks away of beeing sold *--*--*

A forum member, in the Thread "What will you be doing in July 16th?", posted that she was going to miss a pre-HP & Half-Blood Prince world, where we could still discuss a number of theories and assumptions. It really striked me then as true, and I was surprised when nobody picked up that comment in the thread. Indeed, many therories and posts about a huuuuuge variety of the HP universe have been posted. I believe that I'll miss a lot of the endless speculation.

But most of all, I would like to use this space to say:

THANK YOU!

- to all the lexicon members that have posted here. I could not even attempt to think of one tenth of the theories, helps and observations that were posted,

- to the moderators, for the constant work and support of this page, and I antecipate now the tanks for the future work: as the sixth book will be read, dissecated and written about.

As the next book will be read, I hope to be able to awnser lot of questions, about the characters past and future, and also to see how the next Wizard War will develop... These past two years have really built to that... now the waiting is almost over.

Good readings to all

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pottermom34 - Jul 1, 2005 8:11 am (#149 of 170)

Why say good bye, we don't know if all the theories will be answered. Besides we'll want to compare note on what e thought to what we find out so I don't think it will be good bye.

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Fawkes-The-Phoenix - Jul 2, 2005 12:05 am (#151 of 170)
Nooooooo!!!!!!!Ron & Hermione CAN'T be together...DEATH TO RONALD!!!!!!!!!!
What will you do once you get get your hands on book 6???

Me?I'll be looking for who harry ends up with.(Hope its Hermione)

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Phelim Mcintyre - Jul 4, 2005 3:16 am (#152 of 170)

Was a leader on cub camp last weekend. Thankfully we made a mistake with the dates. We should have been at the campsite (miles from anywhere) from 15th to 17th July. RELIEF. I can get the book and read it, and not have to wait till Monday 18th.

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Madame Pomfrey - Jul 4, 2005 10:23 am (#153 of 170)

I will definitely be reading!

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HungarianHorntail11 - Jul 5, 2005 10:41 am (#154 of 170)

The heart sees deeper than the eye.
Originally I was having two books shipped to my home. Several weeks later, I found out we will be in FL on the 16th, so I quickly changed the delivery address to where we'll be in FL. A few weeks later, still, we figured out that we will be in LA. Now I have changed the delivery address to where we'll be in LA and I sure hope FedEx finds us! We will be visiting friends who are not wholly into HP, but we can sway their son, so I am also having a copy shipped to him. I think we will pull a late-night reading fest together! Hmm, we'll have to come up with some rules, like no discussions until we are all up to the same page. We can't wait! Thanks JKR!

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Miriam Huber - Jul 7, 2005 2:31 am (#155 of 170)

I have a question to all of you:

Does anyone know if and where the release of HBP at Edinburgh castle with JKR reading from the book will be broadcasted live on radio (or broadcasted at all)? I searched the web and some radio stations for it but couldn´t find any information on it. It is only said that there will be a lot of media there, including radio and television (well, no surprise).

I would LOVE to listen to Jo reading from the new book some hours before (hopefully) holding it in my hands!

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Finn BV - Jul 7, 2005 2:16 pm (#156 of 170)

Me kayaking, Niagara River, August 2006. I have been likened to Reepicheep in this photo.
Sorry, Miriam, not a clue here!

Anyway, I finally decided I should post here, so… I will be going to a midnight party with:

my parents! I wasn't surprised my mom said she would come along (so I wouldn't be alone, and she kind of likes the books) but I was amazed my dad is coming too! He likes the books and movies (he's only read the first one, but at least likes the story) but I didn't think he'd come out at midnight for an HP book! Yippee!!
my best friend from camp, who I didn't know was going to the same release party as me until the first day of camp when it came up accidentally, and
my drama teacher at camp, same story as above, but for a sec I didn't think she was coming but she is!!
How cool is that?

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Dr Filibuster - Jul 7, 2005 3:00 pm (#157 of 170)

Sue, from Northwich, England.
Fbv...How cool is that! The quotes; "beyond cool" (George Weasley) and "supercool" (Lee Jordan) spring to mind

Miriam, check out [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] ITV (British tv station) has a programme on at 11.45 to 12.10. That doesn't really sound like they'll show the reading does it?

Their next programme will air on Sunday and include highlights from the launch night as well as a JKR interview with one of the winning "cub reporters".

I realise that you're not in the UK, but I daresay TLC will provide all the details.

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coolbeans3131 - Jul 13, 2005 5:31 am (#158 of 170)

My daughters 16th birthday is the 16th and she wants to see "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".(She's in love with Johnny Depp) I told her it's a sign as to how much I love her that I would tear myself away from my book and take her to see this movie, and also to not ignore her all day to read. Smile

Yesterday I had a brilliant idea. We're going to the Barnes and Noble party and it starts at six. I'm going to go at six, let the kids do the fun stuff, get my wrist band and then take the kids to the movie. We'll be back at Barnes and Noble before midnight, and it will help pass the time for me. I sure hope the movie doesn't suck!

BTW, she tried to pull the "It's my birthday, I should get to read the book first" crap. Yeah right! I love her, but there are limits!

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The Wandless Wizard - Jul 13, 2005 6:07 am (#159 of 170)

When wands are outlawed, only outlaws will have wands.
At midnight on the 16th I will be at my local Meijer store (like a Super Wal-mart and operates in the Mid-western United States). This is the best place to buy HP books. They are generally cheaper, $14.87 advertised, and nobody realizes they will be selling the book at midnight. They don't need a special sale or party, they are generally open 24 hours a day anyway. They also have a ton of copies. For OotP, there were 10 people waiting at midnight and they had a pallet stacked 4 feet high with copies. Even if I was going to a bookstore party, I'd still buy it at Meijer. It is also closer to my house than any bookstore. So I will be home and reading my copy by 12:20 at the latest. Then I will read until about 4 am when I will take a brief sleep or a long nap (3-4 hours). Then I'll read until midnight, stopping only for bathroom breaks, to make a sandwich for lunch, and to microwave something for dinner. I might order pizza or chinese and have it delivered for dinner. Probably pizza, it is easier to eat and read (one hand on the book, one hand on the slice). And that is what I will be doing every minute of the 16th.

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Kwikspell - Jul 13, 2005 6:09 pm (#160 of 170)

Marketers? Bah!
Wandless, plus, you can get your weekly shopping done while you wait for midnight! It's the best time to be at Meijer anyways (something I learned in college)!

For any and all attending the Oak Park, Illinois fest, The Magic Tree Bookstore has updated their website to include maps and a list of the participating restaurants and a few special dishes that they'll be serving. I have to admit, I'm intrigued by the "Dragon Snot" at Salazar's (aka Fuego Loco) and will be trying every Butterbeer recipe in the 2005 Butter Beer Battle.

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Ms Amanda - Jul 14, 2005 4:00 am (#161 of 170)

Oh, my! Well, my plans have changed considerably. Now I'm going to go pick up my fourteen year old non Harry fan sister and take her on an eight and a half hour road trip to Nashville.

She's never really been out of state and so I figure I'll be entertaining her for the next week.

My plan to shorten the amount of Harry-less time is to drive to pick her up on Friday (I live in Nashville), and then I'll try to leave as early as I can on Saturday. I still probably won't make it home before 4 pm. I hope sis will be tired and I might have a few hours to read before I fall asleep too. Then again, maybe not.

How will I ever make it a week without the new book?

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Denise P. - Jul 14, 2005 6:41 am (#162 of 170)

Ravenclaw Pony
Ms Amanda, send a wave up I-24, I am in Clarksville

On the 16th, after I get home from picking up my copy, I plan to read for a bit before I sleep some. Then I plan to read as much as I can between doing my normal Saturday stuff...like the neverending laundry.

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Madam Pince - Jul 14, 2005 7:25 am (#163 of 170)

The eyes are the windows to the soul...
So therefore Denise will be done with all her laundry and have finished HBP in time to prepare Saturday's lunch for nine people. And then she will start walking around on the surface of her pool.

I'm still not definite -- it sounds like Mr. Pince is going to get off work early Friday so he will not be able to pick up my book on his way home because it will be before midnight. So I'll probably have to see if I can talk everyone into stopping by the mall Saturday on the way to the family reunion, so that I can pick it up then. If not, then on the way back from the reunion. Worst case scenario, I'll have the book by around 6pm Saturday. After a quick glance at the titles and endpaper blurbs, I'll do the "nice hostess" thing for the evening, then sit up on the couch and read until I can't read anymore. Then I'll make breakfast and be "nice hostess" again, and will read whenever I possibly have a break. The sad thing is that it might not be until everybody goes to bed Sunday night. Then the guests will leave Monday noon-ish, Mr. Pince will go to work, Baby Pince will be in school, and I'll finally have the house to myself. Bwaha-ha-ha.

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essie125 - Jul 14, 2005 8:12 am (#164 of 170)

Jo, of course I think about Alan when I think about Snape, Who wouldn't think about Alan all day every day eh.
HBP: the Book on the adult version.

In a dutch children newsprogram they were discussing the fact that there are already stores which are selling HBP. It showed an enlarged picture of the adult version of HBP (You know what I mean, the black and white ones with one coloured item on the front) The HBP one features a very old looking, ruby coloured book. I could never make out what it said, but now I found out it says

ADVANCED POTION MAKING

does this mean that Harry has passed his potion OWL and is now doing NEWT standard potions?

By the way what would you do if you walked into a bookstore today and find that they were already selling HBP.

Would you:

Buy the book, but bring it back to the publisher after you found out that the bookstore was in the wrong. Knowing that you will get a copy signed by JKR, even when you have not read it at all.
Buy it and after finding out the mistake of the bookstore. read it and then bring it back
Buy it but not bring it back
Not buy it at all but wait untill the 16th.

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Liz Mann - Jul 14, 2005 8:11 am (#165 of 170)

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This discussion probably belongs on the HP6: The Half Blood Prince thread near the top. But in answer to your question, I wouldn't buy it until the 16th because if I saw the book in a store I'd know immediately that they were selling it illegally and I'd probably be asked for it back anyway. I'd pick up a copy, take it to the checkout and say, "This isn't supposed to be being sold until the 16th." Then I'd tell them about the other bookstores who sold it early and were contacted by the publishers, and see if they grow nervous. Besides, it's not long now until!

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Jul 14, 2005 2:55 pm (#166 of 170)

LOL Coolbeans. You are a true fan. I am going to get two copies. That way Mr. Ludicrous can have one of his own. I am a Middle School Librarian (first, second and third years) so I'll donate one copy to my school. Sadly many young people will not be able to get to read HBP till school starts. I've been encouraging my friends to buy two copies and donate one to my library! The first day of school I want to have as many copies as I can to check out to the students! LPO

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Madame Librarian - Jul 14, 2005 8:53 pm (#167 of 170)

I have a book waiting for me at the library (I'll by a copy in a week or so). I have the delicious prospect of a weekend with NO PLANS, meaning no getting together with friends, no dinners out, no must-see movies, no heavy-duty chores or errands. So, I can lay about both days and read to my heart's content. Will I finish? Maybe. I'm a fast reader but my eyes get tired much more quickly than they did when I was younger, so who knows how much stamina I'll have. I don't honestly remember how long it took me to finish OoP, but this book is almost 200 pages shorter.

My son has a copy reserved, too. We have made a pact not to talk to each other unless it's about something that we've both read already. I think I'm a faster reader than he is, but he probably has more stamina. Could be a very quite weekend at our house, since my husband is re-reading OoP to get ready and will read HBP after that. He's a slow reader. Golly, Jordan and I won't be able to talk to him at all. Oh, dear....

Ciao. Barb

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Phelim Mcintyre - Aug 9, 2005 4:54 am (#168 of 170)

Okay - now July 16th has past, what was everyone doing? Or is that a silly question?

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Snuffles - Aug 9, 2005 5:35 am (#169 of 170)

Olivia
Well......I ordered my copy from Amazon, to be delivered by the Royal Mail. I was confident, as our post gets delivered between 9-9.30 each morning. The time came and went, I was pacing up and down by the upstairs bedroom window, peering into the street. Hubby laughing that I maybe I wouldn't get it delivered until the Monday!!. Finally at 11.20am (yes, that late!!!) I saw the post van and flew down the stairs into the street to acost the postie!

I tried idle chit chat while waiting for her to rummage in the van. I happened to mention that she was later than usual. She snarled at me that she had lots of extra post because of the damn Harry Potter book that everyone seemed to have ordered! "Anything in perticualar you are waiting for?" she asked me, I sort of whispered that I was expecting a parcel from Amazon, she gave me a glare, shoved the parcel in my arms and I gave a nervous smile and ran quickly to my room where I stayed most of the day, reading and eating a massive bag of Jelly Babies!!!

Aaaahh, Bliss!!!!!

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Mrs. Sirius - Aug 9, 2005 6:56 am (#170 of 170)

Mom of 4 in serious lurker mode.
See that would be my luck too. So I order the British edition on Amazon but go to the store at midnight for the American edition.
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