OK, I admit it. I, Deanna Darr, Boise Weekly news editor, am a giant Harry Potter fan. Yes, I know the difference between a quaffle and a patronus. I spent the last several weeks re-reading all six books in preparation for the long-awaited release of the seventh, and final, book on July 21—a date which has been marked on my calendar since it was announced.
Bookstores and libraries across the valley are preparing for people just like me with a slate of midnight release parties and associated events beginning late Friday night. With costume contests, games, food and prizes, there's plenty of chances for us geeks to revel in everything Potter for one last time, as well as pick up a copy of the book as soon as possible. I reserved my copy six months ago.
Ada Community Library—Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to enjoy potions, games, crafts, costumes, prizes and more. Register in person at the Question Corner downstairs or over the phone at 208-362-0181 Ext. 2. 10664 W. Victory Rd., 208-362-0181. Friday, July 20, 9 p.m.-midnight.
B Dalton—Instead of hosting a midnight party, B Dalton will open early with jelly beans and a costume contest. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will sell for $20.99, or $18.89 with a Barnes and Noble membership card. 1509 Caldwell Blvd., Karcher Mall, Nampa, 208-467-2142. Saturday, July 21, 8 a.m.
Barnes and Noble—Activity stations will be available throughout the store for Harry Potter fans, including a sorting hat station and a wand-making table. Fans can take photos with Harry, there will be Potter trivia and, of course, a costume contest. The book will sell for $20.99, or $18.89 with a Barnes and Noble membership card. 1315 N. Milwaukee, Boise, 208-375-4454. Friday, July 20, 8 p.m.
Boise Book and Gift Co.—After closing for regular business hours, the store will reopen before midnight for Harry Potter readers. Neighboring Alia's Coffeehouse will be open late, offering food, wine, beer and coffee for party-goers while they wait for the book's release. Boise Book and Gift Co. customers who pre-order their book receive 25 percent off the listing price of $34.99. 906 W. Main St., Boise, 208-344-8088. Friday, July 20, 11:30 p.m.
Borders— Borders hosts a costume contest, Potter trivia and a Potter-ized spelling bee. Each reserved copy of the book comes with a free poster, and the staff recommends obtaining a numbered band upon arrival to ensure you'll receive a book. 350 N. Milwaukee St., Boise, 208-322-6668. Friday, July 20, 9 p.m.-midnight.
Garden City Library—Dress as your favorite Harry Potter character, play games, make crafts and enter to win a copy of the new book. 6015 Glenwood St., 208-472-2944. Tuesday, July 24, 6 p.m.
Hastings—All Hastings locations host Harry Potter parties July 20, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The books sells for $20.99 at all locations. Partygoers are encouraged to wear costumes and compete in the costume contest for a chance to win a Harry Potter poster. Quaff butter beer and munch on cotton candy while wandering the store for a palm reading, or while making wands and searching the store for items in the Potter scavenger hunt. 1769 N. Lakes Ave., Meridian, 208-855-9877; Potter fans can compete against one another in the broom stick races (bring your own broom), try on the sorting hat, make potions, enter the qwaffle shoot and learn about magical creatures. Don't forget your costume! 680 E. Boise Ave., Boise, 208-345-9750; Participate in the costume contest, toss quittage, take an herbology class, make wands and consult a tarot reader. Kid-friendly butter beer will be served, and book buyers can make dust jackets. 7500 Fairview Ave., Boise, 208-375-3151; Put on your costume, and head to the Overland location for wand making, a tea leaf reading, the golden snitch race and a quittage toss. 10539 Overland Rd., Boise, 208-322-0314
Rediscovered Bookshop— For the early risers rather than the night owls, Rediscovered Bookshop is hosting a morning party for fans who pre-ordered or purchase their copy of the novel at the shop. Get your copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with scones, cauldron cakes and orange juice. The hosts have created six different games and crafts, one from each book, and fans can have their photo taken with a sorting hat and a their copy of the book. The book will sell for $29.67 including tax, and for every copy of book seven sold that day, Rediscovered will donate $3 to Whittier Elementary School for disadvantaged students. 7079 Overland Rd., 208-376-4229. Saturday, July 21, 7-10 a.m.