19 July 2007

Potter in the House!

It’s finally here: the 7th and final Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” On July 21, at 12:01 a.m., the book will be on sale, and there are plenty of pre-sale parties going on.

McKinney Parks and Recreation is sponsoring Potter Fest this Friday, July 20, at Towne Lake Park from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. To receive the book, you had to pre-register by Monday, but you can still attend the festivities for free. There will be games, food, contests, a screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” and much more. Participants will be sorted randomly into Hogwarts houses before receiving their books. Towne Lake Park, 1405 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney, 972/542-0045, www.mckinneytexas.org.

Stonebriar Centre will have a Wizard’s Ball, also this Friday, starting at 9 p.m. The local bands include the Political Monkeys, the XO’s and Egress. There will be face painting, wand-making, fortune-telling, sorting and more. Barnes & Noble Stonebriar, 2601 Preston Road, Frisco, 972/668-2820.

Also, check your local bookstores for their Harry Potter parties. Many Barnes & Noble, Borders, Books-A-Million, and others are having release parties. Visit their Web sites to check for party locations and times. Happy reading!

- Jessica

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