My local big bookstore chain had a celebration last night, before selling the new Harry Potter book. My kids wanted to attend, because they had seen all the promotional emails from bookstore chains about the festivities before what I call "the big sale". So my kids dressed up as Harry Potter and Voldemort, and my husband took them to the bookstore at 10pm.
There was supposed to be a costume contest, jellybean counting contest, live music, and lots of fun and excitement, but my kids reported back to me that it was all less than exciting. There was a long line for everything, and nothing was as much fun as it sounded beforehand. The best part was checking out all the other people in costume (mostly adults). The store was really, really crowded, and since we had already pre-ordered the book and hope to receive it via UPS shortly, my husband gave up before midnight and they all came home, less than enchanted.
Oh well, yet another big event that didn't live up to all the hype.
But we'll be devouring the new book when it arrives. And my younger son has a cute little drawn-on lightning forehead scar that probably won't wash off for a week!
Over at Bookfoolery and Babble, I saw another quiz whose result pleased me more than the last one. It's called Which Author's Fiction Are You? But I warn you, it's pretty easy to see through the questions if you want to go for a particular result. But it made me happy to make good old Jane show up for me, even if I fudged my answers a little...