We all have to admit a bit of tiredness after the big weekend. But Harry has hardly begun to ebb.
Among the continuing bits of news and magic:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
sold more than two million
copies in the U.K., and first-day sales were up 13% over Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix
, according to Harry's U.K. publisher,
Borders sold more than one million copies of the book over the weekend.
Barnes & Noble stock rose $2.02 or 5% on a down day on Wall Street yesterday, which the Wall Street Journal
attributed to Potter financial magic.
Among libraries making magical buys: the St. Joseph County Public
Library in South Bend, Ind., bought 314 copies of the book, all of
which were checked out within an hour of the library's opening on
Saturday. The New York Public Library, which has 80 branches, bought
Midnight revelers (l.) at the Copperfield's Books store in
Calistoga, Calif.; Potter fans breakfast in the 'dining
hall' at the Stanford Bookstore, Stanford, Calif., the next morning.
(Thanks to Art Carson and Michele Carson!)
Elisabeth Grant-Gibson of Windows, A Bookshop, in Monroe, La., got 15
minutes of fame--and counting--after she was interviewed by an Associated Press
reporter who quoted her in a story that went out on the wires on
Saturday. "Next thing I knew," she wrote Shelf Awareness
, "I was
getting calls from friends all over the country saying that I had been
quoted in New York, Minnesota, on the Yahoo and AOL news sites, etc. It
was some pretty exciting pub for a little independent in a little town
in northern Louisiana."
Her only lament: that the store doesn't yet have a Web site. Or as
she put it, "WHY OH WHY HAVEN'T WE GOTTEN OUR DOGGONE WEBSITE UP AND
The publicity cycle continued today when a local dj who attended the
party talked about it on air and took calls. "Several kids who had been
at the party (razzing
the dj for having gotten sorted into the Slytherin house) called in,
and one of them
said, 'Please tell the nice ladies at Windows thank you for such a
party.' These kids were probably at the party [in the first place]
because the same dj had talked
about it on his show Friday. I am amazed."
At Book Passage, which has stores in Corte Madera and San Francisco,
Calif., "about 500 kids crammed into the [main] store on Friday night for an
extravaganza of readings, games, prizes and all kinds of stuff," Bill
Petrocelli wrote. "I know everyone there bought at least one book. We
also had a lot of media coverage all day Friday, capped off (so to
speak) with Elaine wearing a pointed hat on live TV on KGO at 11 p.m.
and surrounded by a lot of screaming kids in costume."
The next day beginning at 7 a.m., staff that "could make it out of bed"
delivered copies of the book to many people at home, what Petrocelli
called "an important part of our promotion."
Fulcrum Publishing, Denver, Colo., offered thanks--and treats--"for all
of the hard work and enthusiasm that booksellers, not only in the
Denver area but throughout the country, have exerted in preparation for
the release of the new Harry Potter book. The great lengths bookstores
have taken to bring the excitement of Harry Potter to their stores does
the most magical thing of all: encourages children to read." Jessica Dyer reported yesterday that on
Saturday morning, Fulcrum delivered a dozen doughnuts each to 20 bookstores in the
And last but not least, Shelf Awareness
's John Mutter was quoted in an
article about Harry that appeared in yesterday's USA Today
. The role
reversal makes him very nervous.