As the clock ticks down to midnight on Friday, July 20, Harry Potter fans on the Island are making careful preparations for the release of the final book in the series, "Deathly Hallows." Just how and where you get your hands on the seventh J.K. Rowling's book is a big part of the fun of a Harry Potter release.
Having covered the last three wizard book releases on the Island, I have noticed a marked increase in the number of people celebrating before the clock strikes 12. The parties thrown by Island bookstores have grown too. What has not changed is how these parties abruptly end as fans, with book in hand, race home to begin reading. Pulling a kind of finals week all-nighter, readers race through the pages. Most people will re-read the book at a more leisurely pace later on.
Book release parties are held around the world, and here on the Vineyard we do it right. Our small-town bookstores dress themselves up, serve refreshments, play games with the crowds waiting in line, and best of all, get you home and reading faster.
In Vineyard Haven, the Capawock Theater will show "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" twice on Friday. The second show ends just in time for you to pick up your book at one of the two bookstores in town.
Don your wizard cap, dust off your magic wand, and join the revelers at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore and Riley's Read in Vineyard Haven; Edgartown Books in Edgartown; and Sun Porch Books in Oak Bluffs. Each store is promising lots of fun and they are going all out to make the final chapter in the Harry Potter saga a memorable one.
Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, 44 Main Street, Vineyard Haven. Festivities begin at 7 pm. For more information, call 508-693-2291.
Edgartown Books, Main Street, 44 Main Street, Edgartown. For more information, call 508-627-8463.
Riley's Read, 29 Main Street, Vineyard Haven. For more information, call 508-696-7957.
Sun Porch Books, 37 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs. For more information, call 508-693-3880.