December 19, 2014

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The seventh coming – Final ‘Harry Potter’ hits shelves

Rowling’s fans line up to see how it all ends

ELYRIA — The world could have ended at midnight, but these folks wouldn’t have noticed. Or possibly, they wouldn’t have cared — so long as they got a copy of that book.
“I’ve waited eight years for this ending,” said Heather Overstreet, 17, of Norwalk, standing at the entrance of Borders Express in Midway Mall just minutes before midnight Friday.
J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series — “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” — was within arm’s reach of more than 150 Potter-maniacs waiting for the 12:01 a.m. release at Borders Express.
The conversation among Heather and her three friends — Michelle Wonderle, 17, of Elyria, Nicole Zelenak, 16, of Lorain, and Michelle Carlson, 16, of Elyria, was one of concern about the fate of Rowling’s staple characters. It went something like this:
“I don’t want it to end.” “I just want to know who dies.” “I love Drago — he’s so cute.” “I trust Severus Snape.” “So do I.” “I don’t.” “Who do you think will die?”
Nearby, at Elyria Public Library’s West River Road branch, a throng of look-alike Harry Potters, Hermiones and Ron Weasleys were entranced by all things Potter: cantaloupe-sized spider construction, Harry Potter computer games, a Harry Potter movie, Elyria magician Ron Taylor, even a secret potion class.
“It was like this magical event tonight,” said Janet Stoffer, Elyria Public Library director. “Like they all thought Harry Potter was coming here tonight.”
The truth is that by midnight, Harry Potter descended on Lorain County and all of humankind. President George W. Bush could have been impeached, the moon could have fallen from the sky … but millions of Harry Potter fans wouldn’t have blinked — their faces would have been buried in the pages of Harry’s final adventure.
Contact Shawn Foucher at 329-7197 or sfoucher@chroniclet.com.

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Michelle Curtis of Elyria gets the first copy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” at Elyria’s West River Branch Library.

072107potterkids.jpgMegan Wysocki (left) and Chloe Zikcak, both 9, of Elyria, make wands at the Harry Potter party at West River Branch Library.