Fans of the Harry Potter series of books got their cinematic fix earlier this month when the fifth book's movie, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" premiered. Fans throughout the area set up in the heat to wait for the chance to see the midnight showing.
There's another magical midnight happening in the works for Friday/Saturday, as the seventh and last book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is released.
The Hermiston Public Library is holding a lottery to give lucky fans the first chance to check out the book. The library had a midnight party when the sixth book was released two years ago, but is foregoing that event in favor of the lottery this year.
"We still haven't recovered," Marie Baldo of the library said.
Customers can enter the lottery at the circulation desk. Only one entry form per valid library card will be accepted. The drawing will be held after close of business on July 20 and the patrons whose names have been drawn will be notified.
In Pendleton, Armchair Books is hosting a midnight celebration at 39 Southwest Dorion Ave. The doors will open at 11:55 p.m. Friday and refreshments will be served. Word has it that owner Terry Dallas' son Christian DeBok has outgrown the sorcerer's pajamas, and won't be in costume this year.
The book will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. The store will stay open until everyone has had a chance to pick up their specially ordered book.
The book store ordered extra copies, so people who want to be among the first to own the book are welcome to drop by and buy a copy.
The Harry Potter Book Release Party is scheduled to delight all ages at the Milton-Freewater Public Library, S.W. Eighth Ave. The event begins with Oldies Night, featuring BJ the DJ, at 10 p.m. to midnight. Since Potter was born on July 31, 1980, the disc jockey will spin hits from Harry's England.
Many of the songs popular during that time in London were also hits in the United States. BJ has dug up some rarer songs that climbed as far as Number 1 on England's charts that didn't make a splash on this side of the pond.
Diagon Alley will come alive at the party following the sock hop. At 12:01 p.m. Saturday, the library will sell books at 20 percent off the suggested retail prices to everyone. Library Director Bob Jones (who just might be BJ the DJ) has ordered the regular hardcover edition, the deluxe slip-cased edition and the reinforced library binding edition which is not sold in retail stores and is much stronger than the books that are. He also has the unabridged CD audio book audition.
The sales will support library programs and services. To reserve copies of the book, call 938-8247 or stop by the library.