Potter party plans taking shape

Submitted by The Raven

potter book 7The anticipation is rising like a Quidditch Player on a broomstick.

Since the moment readers finished devouring the sixth Harry Potter book, they have been waiting for the seventh — and last — in the series. I am happy to say, dear Northfield.org readers, that not only will the wait for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” soon end, the book’s arrival will be celebrated during one magical night in Northfield.

Downtown will morph into a sort of Diagon Alley on Friday, July 20, to celebrate the stroke-of-midnight July 21 release. Whether you’ve read each book three times in two languages or have yet to crack a cover, I hope you will consider joining in this fun and festive night.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 20, those wishing to purchase copies from River City Books can stop by the store and pick up a card to reserve a place in line. Throughout the night, the store will distribute free, custom-made temporary tattoos and sponsor several activities on Division Street, which will be partially closed off. Included in the schedule of events:

  • 8:30 p.m. — A costumed Harry Potter character will perform on Division Street.
  • 9:00 p.m. — A costume contest will be held on Division Street. Contestants may dress as any character from one of the Harry Potter books. River City Books gift cards will be awarded as prizes ($30 for first place, $20 for second, $10 for third).
  • 9:30 p.m. — There will be an outdoor showing of the movie “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Feel free to bring something to sit on.
  • Midnight — Doors open for sales of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” In-store promotions include a free Harry Potter gift for the first 200 customers and the chance to win one of five Harry Potter cloth school banners.

Myriad other events will take place downtown involving other retailers and organizations, many of them staying open late. For example, ArtOrg will show a video presentation of artist Mary GrandPré’s amazing illustrations of the Harry Potter books. The Contented Cow will host a Potteresque open-mike night (read your favorite passages or even your Potter-inspired poetry and prose). Tiny’s will be on the street selling hotdogs. The popcorn wagon in Bridge Square will be open for business. An on-the-spot photographer will likely be on hand. Of course, butterbeer will be plentiful.

Some details are still being finalized. But there’s little question this will be the biggest book release party in, well, the history of Northfield!

For more information about all things Harry, read my regularly updated posts — some call them bird-brained musings — about the big book release bash at www.rivercitybooksonline.com.

Editor's note: to get in the mood for the festivities, you might want to check out our huge Pottermania 2005 photo gallery, from a similar downtown event in honor of the previous Potter book release.

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More Harry Potter Events Planned

There's lots more that has been coming together for Friday night's Harry Potter event! In front of Present Perfect (Honeydukes Sweet Shop) at 419 Division we will start off the evening with a few rounds of Human Chess. We can still use some more kids to be pieces, so stop in the store to sign up or just show up at 7:00 p.m. At 7:30 Professor Snape (a kinder, gentler version) will be holding a Potions Class and demonstration. At 8:00 the Madame Hooch will begin the 6-legged Quidditch races, so grab your goggles and a couple of friends and get ready for wild ride down Division Street! Of course we also have Bertie Bott's all flavor beans, and chocolate frogs inside, so come downtown for some magical fun.

Snape says...

Professor Snape has communicated to me that you should be there, or he will become a bit angry and Snapish.

- Brendon Etter
A Play A Day

Monkey See, Monkey Read

MSMR has something too. Don't know what, but they haven't submitted anything.

Prof. Quirrel at Monkey See, Monkey Read

I know they will have Professor Quirrel in store.

I'll be Snaping it up outside of River City, reading to the kiddies (and any adulties) starting around 8:30. Emcee-ing the costume contest starting around 9 pm, then introducing the film starting a little before 9:30 pm.

- Brendon Etter
A Play A Day

Magical Me

Ah, my good Professor Snape, I do believe you're mistaken about dear, departed Professor Quirrell. Unless he plans on returning from the grave (and given the circumstances of his passing, I think that quite unlikely), we shall not see him Friday night. However, thanks to a prodigious outpouring of support from my adoring fans, the healers at St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries have agreed to a one night pass for me to sign autographs at Monkey See, Monkey Read.

No budging! There'll be plenty of me to go around.

Word has it Madame Hooch will be coaching some sort of sidewalk sporting event (I suppose she'll swoop over from Honeydukes on her broom), and Mr. Ollivander (until very recently thought to be missing) will be displaying some of his wares.

I look forward to seeing you all. Until then, I'll be practicing my joined-up letters!

Professor Gilderoy Lockhart
Order of Merlin, Third Class
Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defence League
Five-time winner of Witch Weekly's Most Charming Smile Award

Mea Culpa

My fault, Professor Lockhart, I assure you I made the mistake only because you both have/had such nice hair. Or at least Quirrell did before he insisted on wearing that most unfashionable turban. (I know Count Olaf wore one for a while, but I hardly think that denotes its acceptance as high fashion.)

Come to the human chess game at 7 pm, where I will be the Snape-King.

- Brendon Etter
A Play A Day

No house elves?

This anti-house-elfism sickens me. All they do is work and work and work for you unappreciative wizards and what thanks do they get?

I'm about to start handing out socks en masse