Muggles, wizards and witches alike are invited to a Harry Potter party at 6 a.m. Saturday at the Bookloft in Enterprise to celebrate the publication of the seventh - and final - Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling.
"Some stores are even having parties at midnight, but 6 a.m. is early enough for us," said Bookloft proprietor Mary Swanson. She said party-goers are welcome to come in costume, or pajamas, if they like. The store will be decorated for the occasion, and refreshments will be served.
While Harry Potter is considered a children's book series, it is popular with readers of all ages, Swanson said.
This will be the Bookloft's fourth Harry Potter party.
Swanson has already taken advance orders for about 80 of the 100 books that will arrive at the Bookloft for the release.
She said while some times people order books by their favorite authors in advance,
"There's nothing like Harry Potter" in the book world - or in Wallowa County - in terms of popularity.
The series has followed the exploits of boy wizard Harry Potter and his friends through the years at the famous wizards' school, Hogwarts, as he does battle with the increasingly powerful dark wizard Voldemort, who was once defeated after killing Harry's parents.
Legions of fans around the world have anxiously been waiting for the release of the finale, which is released at midnight Saturday.
There has been much speculation that Harry himself could even be killed in a final confrontation with evil.
As for the last several Harry Potter releases, bookstores around the country are planned, and there are reports of fans already waiting in line to be the first to get the book at their local outlet.
The Potter movies are also extremely popular, and the recently released fifth movie, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," was number one at the box office last week, according to media reports.
According to British publisher Bloomsbury PLC, the Harry Potter books have been translated into 65 languages and sold more than 325 million copies since the first one was printed in 1997.
Local fans will have their first chance to start reading the last Harry Potter book, along with the rest of the world early Saturday morning.
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