We here at CB Tech would be remiss if some sort of reminder of the coming weekend wasn’t reinforced. Think of this as your own little remembrall in word form. At 12:01am on Saturday, July 21st the seventh and final Harry Potter book goes on sale. As in the past there are numerous parties and celebrations going on at local bookstores. Heck, the always-fantastic Wegmans grocery store near my house is hosting a party. You know that they’ll at least have food to serve. So, just to be sure you know where to go for the best in Potter party mania we bring you this news.

Scholastic, the US publisher of J.K. Rowling’s phenomenal series, has announced their plans for a big blowout the day and night of release. They will be transforming Mercer St (between Spring and Prince streets) in New York City into a Potter wonderland this Friday from 5:00 to 10:00 pm as fans gear up for the final chapter. Harry Potter Place will feature games and activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. Included in the plans are a replica of the Knight Bus, magicians, stilt walkers (because we know how important walking on stilts is for getting around Hogwarts…), a twenty-foot high moving Whomping Willow, and a Muggle Board for fans to share comments about the books. This is all followed by the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at the Scholastic Store. A press conference is planned for 8:00am on Friday to kick off the day of festivities, and the first ever author signed U.S. edition of the final book will be unveiled there.

Not to be outdone, our friends across the pond are putting on their own Potter frenzies. Waterstone’s Bookstore in London’s famed Piccadilly Circus is hosting what promises to be the biggest Potter release party in England’s history. Well, except for that smashing Potter spectacle back in 1987. But those who were there don’t talk of the debauchery of that evening. Fans will be able to enjoy magicians, games, prizes; some sort of animals may make an appearance as well. Don’t come crying to us if you return scorched from a Chinese Fireball though.

As a Harry Potter fan you’ll certainly be among friends at the Waterstone party. Mugglenet.com’s own group of Mugglecasters will be on hand to put together a live podcast. If I’m not completely Potter’d out by the close of the weekend I’ll catch up with Jamie (#1 awesome) and the Mugglecast team on Monday. Not to be outdone, Mugglenet founder Emerson Spartz will be on hand at the Oak Park, IL party. For some reason this small town has had a huge Potter blowout for the last few releases and they transform Main Street into Diagon Alley. Yeah, we’re geeks who like a “children’s” book. But this is our last hoorah.

Both Borders and Barnes & Nobles stores have plans for most of their locations to put together some sort of activity for kids. My fondest memory of a Potter release was being asked to read a chapter from Goblet of Fire to a group of young kids. Whether it’s a loud party encompassing a city or a small get together at the local bookstore, get together and have fun. Oh, and remember that getting the book first and driving away as you tauntingly wave your copy of the novel to those in back of the line is funny. They should have gotten there early like you. Yelling out spoilers is obnoxious, and ultimately has no affect on the quality of Rowling’s work. See you Friday evening.

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