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Bookstore fetes famous boy wizard

Dressed as Harry Potter, Liam Faulkenberry, 7, gets excited about a Harry Potter trivia session at Books-A-Million in Manchester Village on Friday night for the series' final book release today. Book stores such as Books-A-Million held parties for Harry Potter fans on Friday. The series of books written by J.K. Rowling have sold 325 million copies in 64 different languages.
Dressed as Harry Potter, Liam Faulkenberry, 7, gets excited about a Harry Potter trivia session at Books-A-Million in Manchester Village on Friday night for the series' final book release today. Book stores such as Books-A-Million held parties for Harry Potter fans on Friday. The series of books written by J.K. Rowling have sold 325 million copies in 64 different languages.

Hoopla over new Harry Potter book strikes locally

A long black cape was the must-have fashion item at local bookstores Friday night.

Harry Potter fans in head-to-toe costumes arrived at Rock Hill's Books-A-Million in droves for the much anticipated release of the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter saga.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was to go on sale at 12:01 a.m. today.

Angela Faulkenberry isn't completely caught up on the first six books, but she said she'll skip ahead to find out what happens.

"I like the fantasy, the camaraderie, just the friendship they have with each other," she said as her son, 7-year-old, Logan, a quidditch player in the making, rode around on a broomstick.

Potter fans have been following Harry's adventures in wizardry since the first book was released in the United States in 1998.

There have been about 325 million copies of the first six books sold throughout the world. The initial print run for the seventh book is 12 million copies in the United States.

Locally, festivities at Books-A-Million, The Bookworm and The Book Rack included costume contests, face painting and Harry Potter trivia contests. Men, women, girls and boys of all ages joined together to celebrate the fantasy book.

In the Alexander family, the excitement will be fulfilled one person at a time. Twelve-year-old Elisha gets to read the book first, then 10-year-old Daniel, then 16-year-old Susanna and then lastly their mom.

The family rule is that no one can talk about what happens until everyone has finished the book.

"I like it that there's always something unexpected," Daniel said. "You never know what's going to happen."

Eighteen-year-old Krystal Friday, who arrived at Books-A-Million in her green Slytherin tie five-and-a-half hours before the release, has been reading Harry Potter books since she was 11.

"It was really cool," she said. "Every time I'd turn a different age, a different book would come out."

Author J.K. Rowling has said that two characters will die in the final book. Friday said she refuses to believe that Harry would be one of the ones to go.

Rumors swarmed Friday night about who it could be.

Although some people thought it might happen, the overall consensus was that no one wanted Harry to die.

And if he does?

"Life will go on," Curtis LeMay said. "But not as well as it would have otherwise."

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