They billed it as the best Harry Potter party ever, and maybe it really was. Harvard Square's booksellers and other retailers, instead of merely competing with each other for the Potter-fan dollar, banded together to create a fine celebration including a 3 hour live outdoor concert with Harry and the Potters, Draco and Malfoys, and The Hungarian Horntails, Potter-themed food at many of the restaurants, Hogwarts-style clothing on store mannekins, and of course the usual bookstore stuff.
In preparation for playing the part of 17-year-old Draco Malfoy in a Trial of Severus Snape at pandemonium_bks
later in the evening, I left the house in full costume including blond wig. Thankfully the humidity had broken and it was turning into a nice summer evening. veiled_severus
and I met for a delicious dinner at Mr. Bartley's
. We got in just after 5:30 and sat down right away. The lingering heat and humidity made me feel as though a burger, which is their specialty, wasn't going to sit well, so I ordered gazpacho (cold soup), fish cakes, and two drinks, a large raspberry lime rickey, and a cookies & cream frappe. (That's a milkshake to most of you.)
By the time we left, me bringing my frappe in a to-go cup, the line was long for Bartley's, obscuring the windows of the Harvard Bookstore, which had a large Potter-related merch table, including books like the Whimsic Alley Book of Spells and prefect badges, Moody-like Mad Eyes, and so forth. We walked around a bit, noting the growing percentage of wizarding types among the pedestrians, and had a look at the chalk murals that some enterprising folks were drawing in the plaza outside the Cambridge Trust/Au Bon Pain.
I overheard one woman say as we passed her, "What is it, some kind of Harry Potter convention going on?" Hello, have you been living under a rock?
Speaking of rock, we then went into Harvard Yard where the concert was to take place. There were various merch tables that we didn't really bother to look at. They were giving away samples of Nantucket nectars, things like that.
We picked a spot in the grass. I sat on my robes (machine washable!) and she sat on the cloak with silver lining I was lending her for the evening. The sky was nearly pure blue, only a contrail or two marring the cloudlessness. Given that it had been raining that morning, and the prediction was for 30% chance of rain showers, everyone who knew weather magic must have been applying it. ( and what all happened in our evening )
Of course the main event was getting the book itself, at midnight. After which we rushed straight home to start reading. veiled_severus
stayed over at my house, we read until about 4am, then conked out. She finished around 6pm the next day, while I was busy teaching a class and things. I finished a little before midnight.
Some future post will have my thoughts on the actual book!( And the photo of me as Draco... )