July 09, 2005
Searching for Harry Potter
Posted by Gordon Smith

Potter_1 Four people in my house have read every Harry Potter book, and the other three are not far behind. My oldest daughter became an early fan (by U.S. standards) when I purchased the first book for her at a Borders in Arizona. None of the clerks could tell me anything about the book at the time, except that is was popular in England and Borders had ordered a whole bunch of copies. It was heavily discounted, so I took a chance. When she reached her third reading of the book, we started wondering what it was about Harry Potter that was so enticing.

When Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released, I happened to be in Salt Lake City. My oldest son and I had just finished a rain-soaked hike in the Uinta Mountains, but we managed to locate a Borders that was having a Harry Potter Party, and we purchased two copies at midnight. Although I eventually read all of the books, I am always the last to have a turn. My son and daughter (whom we retrieved from camp later that day) both read that book all the way back to Wisconsin.

This year, we misunderstood the date of the release and went searching for the book in Sweden last month. Once we had the correct date, we realized that we would be on the road, somewhere between Wisconsin and New Mexico. So this Friday, our family will be staying at a hotel in Lawrence, Kansas, and we are on the waiting list at Borders for two copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

I hope they ordered extras.

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1. Posted by Karen on July 10, 2005 @ 6:18 | Permalink

Rather than buy two books, we buy a book and a set of the books on tape (or CD). We have listened to them as a family while driving on our annual cross-country reunion vacations together.

The narrator, Jim Dale, is EXCELLENT and fun to listen to as the voice of all the characters. And that way, we all get to share the book - no one is "last."


2. Posted by sid on July 10, 2005 @ 7:37 | Permalink

Gordon, being a single male with no kids, I have never read a single Harry Potter book!!! Maybe I will check one out based on yoru recommendation :):)

3. Posted by Gordon Smith on July 10, 2005 @ 20:19 | Permalink

Karen, I agree on Jim Dale. When I claimed to have read all of the books, I was fudging a bit, because he read at least two of them to me on long, cross-country trips.

Sid, this is not great literature, but it is good, clean fun.

4. Posted by Stephen M (Ethesis) on August 8, 2005 @ 6:45 | Permalink

All I can say is that we were on the road on vacation for the last one and just stopped by a SAMS that morning and grabbed one somewhere in New Mexico.

This time we stayed the night at a Barnes & Noble and then left on vacation the next day, my daughter having finished the book overnight.

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