Archive for Thursday, July 21, 2005

Harry Potter fans attend party

July 21, 2005

Thirty children, teens and one adult won chances to attend the Basehor Community Library's "Harry Potter Party" Friday, July 15, which coincided with the release of the new book, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince." Each person in attendance was allowed to bring a guest.

The winners boarded the Hogwarts Express at 11 p.m. After checking in, they were allowed to roam around to different stations in the library. Activities included lightening bolt tattoos, a "guess the number of jelly beans" contest and a Harry Potter trivia contest.

At 11:30 p.m. children's services librarian Vickey Long gathered 55 attendees for the main event. What Harry Potter fans around the world have been waiting for two years soon came to fruition -- the first sentence was read out loud from the new book.

Long continued to read until just before midnight. A total of 20 people were selected from the event to be the first patrons to check out "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince."

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