September 2, 2014

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It’ll be a party when ‘Potter’ book hits stands

So nothing’s scarier than a Dementor?
How about the feeding frenzy being conjured in area bookstores, theaters and towns at the marketing dream of a Harry Potter double-whammy?
Today, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” opens on thousands of screens across the nation.
And, if that wasn’t enough, bookstores, libraries and entire communities are hopping aboard the Hogwarts Express with events including all-night parties to cash in on the 12:01 a.m. July 21 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final book in British author J.K. Rowling’s fantasy series.
Over the years, Rowling’s boy wizard tales have brewed up sales of 325 million books worldwide.
Locally, the Elyria Public Library’s West River branch will stage a “Harry Potter Extravaganza” 9 p.m. to midnight July 20 that includes a Wizard’s Ball, contests, games, prizes and distribution of pre-ordered copies of the series’ final book.
“It’s 10 days, 10 hours, 27 minutes, 25 seconds until that last book comes out,” said Debbie Pillivant, the Elyria library’s public relations director, during the lunch hour Tuesday. “We are immersed in ‘Harry Potter’ … I have a wand in my desk, and if I could wave it and get it done, I would.”
The event will also include a “Floo Network” fireplace, a 93/4  Hogwarts Express platform, and costumed Potter characters ranging from Harry and Dumbledore to Professor Snape and Mrs. Weasley. Even the Dementors will put in an appearance.
The party is free, but reservations must be made in person for the event and for pre-ordered copies of “Deathly Hallows” being supplied by Borders Express in Midway Mall.
Children can come in costume but must be accompanied by an adult.

Potter events
*Midnight Magic Costume Party
When: 6 p.m. July 20
Where: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Crocker Park, Westlake
What: Special snacks will be served at Crocker Park eateries, while kids can enjoy games, animal shows and wand-making sessions. Barnes & Noble will hand out wristbands to receive ordered copies of “Deathly Hallows” at 6 p.m. Events begin at 8 p.m.     
Info: (440) 250-9268

*Harry Potter Central
When: 9:30 p.m. July 20
Where: Borders Books, Promenade Shopping Center, Westlake
What: While muggles wait for the book, they can take part in a Harry Potter spelling bee, a Great Snape Debate (good guy or villain?), and the Grand Hallows Ball.
Info: www.bordersstores.com  
n Nights on Lake Eerie: Harry Potter Party
When: 6 p.m. July 20 to 9 a.m. July 21
Where: Great Lakes Science Center, Northcoast Harbor, Cleveland 
What: After preordered books are distributed, kids — and their parents, too — can sit and read all night, sleep, roam among the center’s 400-plus hands-on exhibits, or enjoy “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” on the center’s six-story ONMINAX Theatre screen. Reservations recommended. Cost is $45 per person.   
Info: (216) 694-2000 or www.GreatScience.com

* Harry Potter — The Last Extravaganza
When: 6 p.m. July 20
Where: Hudson
What: Main Street will transform itself into Diagon Alley and the village of Hogsmeade. Restaurants will serve up “Harry Potter”-like goodies, and everyone can enjoy the Grand Parade of Lanterns at 9:55 p.m. Special events include owl, raptor and magic shows. The Learned Owl Book Shop is a featured attraction. A crowd of 10,000 to 12,000 is expected.
Info: (330) 653-2252 or www.harrypotterhudson.com
 
*Enchanted Village and World of Harry Potter
When: 6 p.m. July 20
Where: Peninsula
What: This village transforms itself into a fanciful semblance of the world of Harry Potter. Visitors can enter the Forbidden Forest (nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park) aboard the Wizard Express (Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad), and take part in a Quidditch match and sorting ceremony or and attend Hogwarts classes. The Blue Heron Bookstore is a focal point of the festivities.
Info: (330) 657-2575 or www.blueheronbookstore.com