Fan Report: Deathly Hallows PaperBack Release Party at Scholastic Store


Jul 21, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Two years ago today, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling was released. As readers will recall, several weeks ago in the midst of the flurry of the HBP movie release, Scholastic, US publishers of the Harry Potter novels, released the paperback edition of Deathly Hallows. Given the date today, we thought you might enjoy this fan report and photos below from TLC reader hpboy13 who went to the special paperback release party held at the main Scholastic Store in Soho, NYC on July 7th. Thanks so much hp!

The party started at 10a.m. when the store opened. The entire place was decked out in posters and other HP decor, including an entire display on HP. In the entrance hall there was a breathtaking display of all seven HP books, all of them signed by JKR herself according to the inscription.

When I walked in, there were countless DH paperbacks on display,
so I quickly grabbed one and bought it at long last, receiving with it
a poster (the one Scholastic put on their site a short while back, of
all the covers mixed together “the most magical adventure of our
time.”) There was a huge stand that had all the books and DVDs on it,
as well as all kinds of HP merchandise (including all four houses, Hogwarts castle). Needless to say, my wallet became rather empty very quickly after I saw it.

There was a huge printout of the DH cover with a hole in Harry’s face for people to take their picture in, which I happily did. I then participated in the first of the hourly trivias, winning an HP bag (I cobbled together an image of it from all sides.)
I then went up to the crafts station, where me made “potions” (similar
to the flubber children make, but we called it swelling solution) and
wands” (a plastic tube filled with “magic crystals,” glitter, and
“dragon tears”) I participated in several more of the trivia contests to get the
runner-up prize (although I won) of a left-over pin from the Sorcerer’s
Stone anniversary. The workers soon realized that I was an uber-fan,
and requested my help in coming up with more trivia questions, which I
gladly obliged.

I also entered a raffle for a trunk with all the hardcover books
and a piece of artwork by Mary GrandPre. I’m fairly sure I haven’t
seen this artwork before, it depicts Sirius and the Trio in the
Shrieking Shack
. I didn’t win though :( I was around the party
so long, and so dressed up for the occasion, people began thinking I
worked there. Some time after 5p.m. several members of The Group That
Shall Not Be Named arrived, providing Scholastic with much more
business for the merch. We finished off the party at 6p.m. by fawning over the display of signed books


54 Responses to Fan Report: Deathly Hallows PaperBack Release Party at Scholastic Store

Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: sounds like it was fun. id rather have the hardbacks so I didnt go to the paperback release.Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: that sounds aboutly amazing!!Avatar Imagesiriuslysirius11 says: wow, that sounds like it would have been sooo much fun!! :)Avatar Imagebudgie says: I like hardback and paperback. The paperbacks are easier to tote around.Avatar ImagexxIBelieveInNarglesxx says: sounds a lot of fun:D though,i can't believe it it's been 2 years since DH came out,it feels like yestearday :(Avatar ImageMattOM93 says: I can still read that book over and over and never get tired of it.Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Wow. I would live there if I could. It sounds like so much fun. I wish I went =( I want the paperback set so badly! Ughh. I think I'm going to spend all my money on that soon. I have the 1-6 set ... but I really really want the 1-7!Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: Sounds like it was fun! I do like hardbacks better, but for traveling, paperbacks are easier to carry.Avatar ImageGraymayne says: Thank you so much hpboy13! I really enjoyed the photographs of the HP stuff which decorated the store. Although I live in the UK I own four hardback copies of the Scholastic editions, SS and DH in the standard edition and SS and CoS in the special leatherbound editions. This is, of course in addition to the full set of Bloomsbury editions in hardback.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I prefer to do my "looking up", and rereads with a paperback... I don't want to put any more wear & tear on my Hardcovers...Avatar ImageJadeDanielle says: Sounds like a lot of fun! I myself am not getting the paperback, as it's so much easier for me to read a hardback copy. I usually read in bed, so it's easier to prop up on my knees :P I was really reminiscing last was about 1:06 am, and I realized, "At this time two years ago I had been reading DH for almost exactly one hour," and I felt like I'd been punched in the stomach. Two years!Avatar Imagemynameisbrock says: wow incredible. looking forward to a kick booty dvd release for HBP but i doubt that will be for like another year seeing as it was such a great movie.Avatar ImageGeorge21 says: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was so goodAvatar Imageminishiva says: Cool, I wish I could have been there.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: That sounded like so much fun! :D I cannot believe it has been two years today that Deathly Hallows has been released. It seems like such a long time ago but such a short time ago. *WOW!* And there are still so many unanswered questions! :D Avatar Imagegot2lovme says: looked like so much fun. I wouldn't mind taking a picture like that lol.Avatar ImageMrs.Brisby says: Thanks for the pictures and report hpboy13. It sounds like it was a lot of fun! I can't believe it's been two years already...Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Sounds like awesome fun! Great pics too!Avatar ImageFereverto says: It looks like it was loads of fun and I would have found all the HP loot irresistible!Avatar ImageEeyore says: Wow! I bought my paperback copy the day it came out, but I had to look for it in the store. And no special decorations or celebration. That would have been great!Avatar Imagereadhp1008 says: I sof wish I was ten years older! I would have been there and been in the series sence the begining!Avatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: i wish i could have gone that seems like so much!! :(Avatar ImageMugglejeff says: WOW thanksAvatar ImageGTHunter says: hardbacks are cooler; they don't tearAvatar Imageothfhp says: Thanks for sharing this. Sounds like it would have been fun to attend.Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Hard to beleave its been two years sence Deathly Hallows came out and I read that first chapter, not wanting it to end, but having to know what happened next. I finished the book in three and a half days.Avatar Imagehpboy13 says: OMG, I cannot believe it's been two years already. By this time two years ago I had just finished reading DH and was wondering what to do with my life. I'm really glad you guys enjoyed my report, the party was so much fun!Avatar Imageliv-wa says: Sounds like a lot of fun! I was just a little too far away to go, otherwise I totally would have. I can't believe it's been two years since I was trying to ignore my cousins, devouring the book.Avatar Imageboggart_in_your_closet says: I'm glad it's finally come out in paperback! Paperbacks are easier to carry around :-)Avatar Imagepartyweetow says: Psh I don't see any Ravenclaw scarves... And yeah, that sounds like a completely awesome party, better than any release party I've been to.Avatar Imagekenmarekestrels93 says: that sounds so great! yum paperback i think barnes and noble should throw big Potter parties every once in a while, it would be great business too...Avatar Imagedcsbelle says: Good for you, hp boy! We expect you to bring your souvenirs to the next meetup so we can see them in person.Avatar ImagePhylis says: Sounds like there was a lot of fun to be had. I would love to have a hardcover set of my own. The chest would have been great. Hard to believe it's been two years since the release and I spent the night reading the whole book. Wow!Avatar ImageFigment says: I remember when DH came out 2 years ago, my son was only 9 months old then. I would get through a chapter every time he woke me up in the middle of the Imageameema says: thanks so much for sending this in! gosh, I can't believe it's been two years already! unbelievable! It's been an incredible journey.... wish I could've gone to something like this at least once in the fandom... maybe I'll get lucky someday :)Avatar Imagedeadtree says: this sounds like fun :) I got my paperback boxset last week. It's so pretty &Hearts;Avatar ImageRemus Lonno says: Hehe, that was yesterday for me now... and by sheer coincidence, I finished another ultra-slow (one or two chapters a night) read of it yesterday morning. You may like the info from Jo's webchat that followed about a week later: :) Bittersweet, reading the comments on that one...Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was so good.That sounded like so much fun! I wish I could have been there to see.Avatar ImageVoodooPadfoot says: My gosh, it's been a while. I love Mary Grandpre's atwork but I just cannot believe it's been two years since DH! xAvatar ImageAwakened says: Sounds like the party was a lot of fun! But wow, I seriously can't believe it has been two years... I still remember every moment of the months, weeks, days, and finally seconds leading up to the release.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: Ooh! This sounds like so much fun! I would have gone craaaazy on the trivia. :o)Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: that's so cool! i wish i was there. Avatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: Sounds like quite the fun experience! Can't wait for the eighth book to be released..... lolAvatar ImageAliyah95 says: That picture looks kinda.... I mean, Sirius looks like a cross between Voldemort and Bigfoot. And Hermione is tiny! They look like 5 year olds!Avatar ImageKayJay123 says: Sounds awesome! If I lived in New York I definitely would have gone.Avatar Imagemuggleslovemagick says: That sounds awesome! I wish that I could have been there to participate!Avatar ImageRaWr...WeReWoLf says: i wish i had been there!Avatar Imageclayzy4hp says: Aww, that sounds so fun! I still remember getting Deathly Hallows at midnight, it doesn't seem like it has been two years. It's sad to think we might not have another midnight book release... but maybe if there's an encyclopedia...? XDAvatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: awesome report! THANKS! Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I wish I could've goneAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: awesum :)Avatar Imagechoirgeek says: It sounds like you had so much fun!! Glad you were able to attend the party :) I can't believe it's been two years. That's so insane to think about...Avatar ImageR-for-H says: Sounds great!! Qhat a wonderful book!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: sounds like a really fun time! :)

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