Where will you be Friday night at midnight? If you are reading this blog, chances are that you'll be at a Harry Potter party, celebrating the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. We will be too, but it won't be anywhere near our home. When Scholastic announced the release date for Half Blood Prince, we had already had a vacation planned for that date. But Harry Potter fans like us don't let a little thing like vacation stand in the way of a Harry Potter release! We found a book store near our hotel that is having a party and preordered the book, so we're ready!
This isn't the first time this has happened; J.K. Rowling must have access to our vacation calendar. When the release date for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was announced, we already had plans to be in Disney World that week. Undeterred, we ordered the book for release date delivery from Amazon.com, and requested that they deliver it to our hotel in Disney World. So, when we got back to our hotel after a day at Disney, the book was sitting on our hotel room bed waiting for us! We sat on the porch of our hotel room and began to read:
""The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive...."
I'll always remember that moment as one of the highlights of our vacation. A new Harry Potter book and summer vacation. It doesn't get any better than this.
Heh ! Tempting though it must be to assume JKR has access to your personal vacation timetable (an amusing idea), it's likely that the books are timed to appear when they do because mid-July is usually the first weekend in the long summer vacation for English schools (not sure about schools elsewhere in the UK). Therefore, before the children can start to get bored, JKR is saving the sanity of mummies and daddies everywhere by providing a new HP book... Of course, now she's only publishing every other year, mummies and daddies are having to find other things with which to fill the children's 6 weeks of freedom from school in the alternate years !
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