“Deathly Hallows” Release Causes Work Standstill?

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Jul 15, 2007

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Those who think that only generations X and Y will stop everything next weekend to discuss every detail of the final Harry Potter book after it’s release on July 21st, would be mistaken. The Potter phenomenon is surely sweeping across the business world as well, or so an article in Entrepreneur.com explains. This article talks, all in good fun, of many business people who will devourer Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows right along side of the eight year-old fans, standing next to them in line at midnight. The piece even notes some of the magazines own employees who will either be taking the Monday following the book off, to read or catch up on sleep—maybe both.

The article also advises companies to be relaxed about the first Monday with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as one company did when they organized a showing of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for their employees, with soda, popcorn and snacks included. The result of the event according to Drew Waters who organized the event for his company in San Diego:

“It was crazy. About 275 people showed up,” Waters says. “There was even a waiting list and phone chain for people who couldn’t show up. Everybody loved it.”

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59 Responses to “Deathly Hallows” Release Causes Work Standstill?

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I wish I could take off the Monday after! :( I’ll just have to read fast! :)

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Gah! OMG, time will stand still next weekend! I’m hoping to be one of those crazies, lol, to be part of the whole thing next weekend.

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I work Saturdays, and I’m taking Saturday off. :) I anticipate being done by around 10 am, but I’ll need to sleep!

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I plan to do what I did for the last four books: HP and the DH will be delivered to my doorstep, I will sit down and start reading from page one (no skipping to the end!), I will get up every few hours for food and other necessities….I may fall asleep in the wee hours, drooling in my armchair, only to awaken and continue reading…

Friends and family have been reminded not to call or visit for several days ;-).

Once I’ve finished, I’ll start all over, since I KNOW I’ll have missed something…and JKR writes so wonderfully its just a joy to re-read.

Cheers to all!

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I’m taking the Monday off, and supposedly getting the book delivered on Saturday morning. But I’m a little worried that there’s been a postal strike in the UK every Friday for the past two weeks and it isn’t resolved yet :o/

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I decided I couldn’t trust the US post to send me DH on time, and so I am going to a midnight release on the 20-21st. AS a result… I am completely missing work the next day!!! ;) love this article.

Also, dunno if you noticed, Jason Isaacs is hosting a sort of documentary on the movies ” in order to find out Harry’s future” on A&E right now. I can’t remember if there was a post on this or not. ;)

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i work at the movie theatre & fridays are very busy especially that one because of The Simpsons. But i took off that friday night and saturday just to party and then read. :]

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Well, I booked the release day off work, like I did for HBP. Canada Post has a deal with online Canadian retailers to ensure that those who preordered will get the book early morning on Saturday. I’m just hoping that this time around, no one in my family ends up in the ICU for 3 months.

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Us in the southern Hemisphere have School on Monday. Going to be soooooo empty lol

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Us in the Southern Hemisphere have school on Monday. Going to be soooo empty lol

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This doesn’t surprise me at all, actually. I’ve just started a new job myself, but I’ll be off on Friday night and all weekend… and I’m SO glad. I don’t think I could have survived knowing that all my friends were getting to read the last book and I wasn’t. :P

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Didn’t they say the same things when the last book came out? lol. I can swear I remember something about people calling off of work or something. I think it’s great.

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Well, I go back to uni this week – but luckily I happen to have Mondays off this semester! I was originally upset that I got Mondays instead of Fridays like last time, but now I’m seeing it as a blessing. 3 whole blissful days of uninterrupted reading (I’m an abysmally slow reader :S)

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Yup, I’ve taken off work on Friday to sleep in and prepare for our local (Atlanta, GA) release party, which starts at 5 pm. My husband took Monday off; I sort of wish I had. ;)

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I am fortunate in the fact that I am an elementary school teacher and therefore have the summer off. I don’t have to worry about taking time off in order to sleep or read. My biggest problem is deciding how to read it. Do I read it as fast as I can and get it over quickly or do I read it as slowly as possible and savor the experience of the final book as long as I can? Hmmmm, decisions, decisions.

I am glad that so many of you are being able to take the days off that you need to read the book and then catch up on the sleep you will have missed. Happy reading to you all.

JKMcGonagall (Kay)

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Im so thankful that I don’t have to work on Monday——I plan on reading nonstop till the book is done so sunday and monday Im going to be beat and probably cranky lol! BUT…..I am completely dying to know how I can get a copy of the Harry and the Potter Spoiler Alert to put on my Myspace page….that would rock my socks off

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I took Friday off so I could sleep in and hopefully stay up late that night to read – and I took off Monday & Tuesday so I can either re-read it or catch up on some sleep! I’m pumped!!!

P.S. The new movie rocked my socks off!

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Lollers – I’ve had that Friday and Saturday requested off for the past two months! On top of that, W00T to my ability to read quickly and still absorb it, too – I’ll have DH at midnight, and have it done between 6-8am so I can blog about it (under spoiler cuts, of course). Can’t WAIT – less than a week to go! :D :D :D

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I took Wednesday off when the the Film came out because I went to the midnight showing and I knew I’d be worthless at work. Now, I’m taking Friday the 20th off so I can sleep and stay up reading after the book comes out. Besides, I’d be way to distracted to concentrate at work and my job demands it. When HBP came out I sat down at 12:45 am and was done reading around 9:00 am. I know I’ll do the same with DH and I know I’ll be an emotional wreck.

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a bank in michigan did a similar showing. there was free pop, candy, and popcorn. a bunch of people showed up. it was so much fun.

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no problem with job for me, I actually took a timely vacation, just like I did for HBP :)

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wow. that would be cool to get to see it like that….

I CANT WAIT ITS GONNA BE SO AWESOME

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I took Monday off too. In fact, I scheduled that day off as soon as I knew the release date for DH. :) A couple of my coworkers called me a nerd, and my response to them was “When it comes to Harry Potter, of course I am!” ;)

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I took Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off for the book release. I asked it off a month in advance to be sure I’d get it. I know some people who waited too long (two weeks prior) and now they can’t get it off.

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You’re welcome!=]

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I’m taking off the Sat-Tue. Making sure I read it at my leisure. No going out. No internet. Pop up from words to eat, bathroom, then continue. I want to savor it. This is it yknow. Hope my tears don’t drop onto book. That will be the hard part. AHHH can’t believe this will be it guys! Happy reading to all!

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I’ve taken Monday off, though I expect to be finished well before then – it will be my “Mourning Day”

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I’ve taken friday off to queue early, I’ll be back to work on Monday so I hope to be finished it and bleary eyed from sobbing when I turn up for work.

Thanks Leaky for your note at the start of the comments board :-) I really appreciate all your doing to keep things spoiler free for us…...luvs ya xxx !

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dame wow

will no internet. for me for 3 day’s

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Hey folks … a word or two about the Posties, Postmen, Postwomen, Owls, UPS, DHL, FEDEX, etc who will be running around like bog standard chickens with their heads cut off trying to deliver all those “pre-ordered, delivered on Saturday HP7DH books” ... when they get to your house … smile and say “thank you very much!!!”, let them know that the the Harry Potter fandom is civilized and polite!

Happy Reading!

PS: If you are a package delivery person, thanks! and remember … no spoilers please!

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I am taking Friday off. I plan to sleep in. And then I am going to do some cleaning, then around 7pm, tune in to the live feed of Jo reading. And then, leave the house around 10 to get the book. Afterward, I am going home. So yeah. I am definitely not showing up.

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I usually work every other Saturday night, including the 21st, so I requested vacation over a month ago – no way I’m gonna be stuck at work for this! Fortunately, the only other HP fan (as far as I know) in my department works Monday through Friday. I still have to show up Sunday night as usual (grrr), but that should be enough time to read and recover.

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Another thing – I’m picking up my book 7 in person, but I got another for my mom-in-law for her birthday via Amazon. So, many thanks to the fine folks in the little white trucks and the big brown trucks who’ll be busting their butts for us all next Saturday!

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I am taking Monday AND Tuesday off! Unfortunately on Sunday I have to go to my nephew’s christening, so I’ll lose a few hours! It should be illegal to have such events next weekend.

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I normally work Saturdays, and I’m taking the day off. Going to the Midnight Party on Friday, then spending the whole Saturday on the couch reading. My boss even knows the real reason. He’s a big fan, though he doesn’t quite think it’s that good a reason. Of course, he’s off on Saturdays.

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I have to be at work on Friday as there is no one else to do my job, then I’ll leave a bit early and hook-up with my cousin’s daughter who will be staying with me that weekend.

I plan on finishing the book by Sunday afternoon and then will go to bed early for work.

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I have Sat off and have to be in early on sun 10:30 am. Big bike race on sun. being its the last book I want to savor it so I don’t want to race through it.

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I work for a law firm doing tech support and next weekend I will be on call. This means I would normally be hanging around my place anyway in case I need to have access to my computer to help someone…but if I get paged it better involve blood loss, as I will be deeply involved in DH and very little else (no internet surfing, newspapers or tv in order to keep away from possible spoilerage Unfortunately I won’t be able to take Monday off. Fortunately, though, I read very fast!

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My company provided a showing of OOTP movie in Tuesday evening, 7/10. 500 pepole attended it.

As soon as I got the release date, I scheduled the following Monday and Tuesday off. I will take my time to savor it. Probably will finish reading on Monday night and get on internet to chat with people on Tuesday.

I hope no one spoils it when I queue up to get the book at midnight. I already told my husband that he has to use the headset when he listens to the radio while I read HP7. Don’t want any spoilers.

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I’ll be picking my copy up at Angus and Robertson at 9am on the dot (the second it’s released in australia), race home and lock myself in my room for the rest of the day with a good supply of munchies. I have to work sunday though (i work at the public library) so i’ll have to race through it! The monday after the book is released is going to be so funny at school, half of my english class is probably going to come to school in tears because the series has ended, and we’ll all mourn together instead of doing our work!

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yeah I am taking tue and wed this week off to re-read HBP. Next week I took of mon-thursday to read DH. My boss (which i never told her this) believes that i am leaving town for vacation because i requested friday night- thursday night.. which is an unusual request. lol

who says 26 year old professionals can’t love HP!!!

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Also, I forgot to say is that I don’t trust the mail either so I pre-ordered mine 5 months ago at BN and I’m so happy I don’t have to work on the weekends and I am re-reading HBP. God, I better read fast (I’m one of those slow readers…LOL)

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I wish I could escape work for when the book came out. I’ve resisted taking time off all summer, so I could take time off for the book release and join in the parties/mid night madness and what not. But now I am forced for work, for a customer appreciation day…...I’m told Harry Potter isn’t a good enough excuse to miss the day! I may get the book at midnight….and just bring a lot off coffee to work…...sigh…...less then a week and I cant wait. I’ve been rereading all the books!

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raises hand —Yep, I’m another HP fan over the age of 40 who is taking time off work to read the DH. I have Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday off. If anyone thinks I’m reading with my kids… I don’t have any kids.

- DL -

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I already had Saturday and Sunday off but I requested Monday off and was approved. ;]

I’ve no shame in telling my co-workers why I won’t be there Monday.

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I’m a night owl, so staying up all night to read won’t be a problem. I’d love to just take my time and savor it, but I’m terrified my husband will hear something on CNN or FOX and say, “Hey, (fill in the blank) dies,” and ruin it. (He tries to humor my about my obsession, but he’s totally clueless when it comes to Harry Potter.) I’ll probably race through it, so no one can spoil it, and then take most of Sunday and Monday re-reading it to get every precious, delightful, delicious detail. (Yeah, I took Monday off work, but for my daughter’s OB appointment, not for the book.) (:)

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I wonder how many people will be ringing in sick to work like me? There is NO WAY I’m going to sit at 7.30 on the Sunday morning with piles of newspapers which could give away the ending for me! My bosses will know why I’m not there, but I don’t care XD Harry Potter comes before my job!

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Hey Mellieatc:

I am with you!This ancient professional (hint: I was born before Lily and James) has just finished reading 1-5 (again) and I am on six, trying to time it so that I finish Thursday night. I am going with a group of co-workers to hang out Friday night in Coventry village (Ohio,not UK)where the merchants having a street fair to celebrate the release. At midnight I am queuing up with the rest to pick up a copy at an independent bookstore. Sat & Sunday are “read days”. If I am not finished by Sunday night then Monday is a comp time day for me.

cheers!

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I preordered my book here in Bermuda so that I could pick it up at midnight and spend the weekend reading… I just got a call from the bookstore saying that they won’t be releasing the book until monday at noon! MONDAY! Half tempted to book a flight to the states to go to a release party and get reading!

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It’s really brilliant how much Harry has changed our lives. I don’t think I’d ever do this for another book.

I can’t skip my course on Monday, but I’m a speed reader. Also, i think it’s rather sad if anyone has to rush through the book JUST to avoid spoilers.

That is just as bad as getting spoiled. Take your time and savor the book. Even if you suddenly do find out (which would suck), the real adventure is the journey getting to the end which you know is going to come anyway.

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I’m not taking off, but I am definitely already distracted at work this week! I’ve got 5 candy bars that I’m handing out as prizes every day to anyone who can stump me with a Harry Potter question alongside a giant countdown.

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I took the entire week off!

HEE!!

NO WORKY FO MEH!

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I planned my weeks vacation for this week just so I could take Saturday off. And luckily, now ill have Sat, Sun and Mon off to read and digest the book.

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My boss, a CFO of public company and fifty-something, has her husband buying the DVDs for her so they can listen to it all weekend. (He’s buying it so she doesn’t have to hear any spoilers being shouted out in the store). She’ll understand if I drag in late on Monday—if she comes in herself.

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I, for one, have had July 20 scheduled off since the day the release was scheduled. There isn’t anyone to discuss the book with at work, in detail beyond “it was good” or “it sucked”, so my work won’t suffer. Sleep will, work won’t.

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Well I don’t have a day job right now so I’m all set. XD Except I’m going to a family picnic with my parents on Sunday, but it’s a ways away so I’ll be reading in the car anyway.

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No need to take Monday off from work—but my family is on notice that I am not to be disturbed all weekend until I’m done with the book.

I’ll get my audio CDs at Sam’s Club early Saturday morning. I should have no trouble getting through the 21 hours and 38 minutes of audio book over the weekend and be ready for work on Monday!

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As I did for HBP I took the whole week off work to indulge in Pottermania .I also have a preorder at two different places just in case something happens you know,lol.

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Haha, that’s cool.

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