The seventh and final Harry Potter tome hits shelves midnight Friday. Celebrate Harry, all over town.
The wait is finally over. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film adaptation in the series, is already breaking box office records since its opening on July 11, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the hotly anticipated seventh and final book in J.K Rowling’s hit series, will be available beginning Friday at midnight. And all you muggles will have plenty of ways to pass the time until you can get your hands on it.
In celebration of the release, Scholastic, Harry Potter’s U.S. publisher, again turns its own backyard into “Harry Potter Place” from 5pm to 11pmFriday evening on an entire SoHo block (Mercer Street, between Prince and Spring Streets). This magical and interactive street fair features a giant Muggle Board, where Harry Potter fans can share personal messages about the books, a gallery where fans can have their photos taken, and a 20-foot high moving Whomping Willow (controlled by puppeteers inside its trunk). As if that weren’t enough, there will also be face painting, wand-making, fire-eaters, magicians, jugglers, stilt-walkers, and more. Read the rest of this entry »