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Potter Eve in LA

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Rumour has it that the latest chapter in the Harry Potter saga, "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince," goes on sale Saturday, July 16th.

We wonder if the release date for the new flick "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was deliberately set to coincide with this most auspicious date. This LAist just realized that the media and hoopla that's developed around Harry Potter perfectly matches the mania depicted in the "Charlie" book and films over the chance to win a golden ticket to visit Willy Wonka's factory.

Speaking of film adaptations, the Aero Theater in Santa Monica is screening all three "Harry Potter" films as part of the book launch.

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Friday, July 15 - 8:00 PM
HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, 2001, Warner Bros. 152 min. Party following at Every Picture Tells A Story (1311 Montana Avenue). The new book Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince, will be available at midnight at the bookstore.

Saturday, July 16 - 7:30 PM
HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, 2002

Sunday, July 17 -- 5:00 PM
HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, 2004, Warner Bros., 141 Zachary Koretz, member of the Magic Castle, Hollywood, will mystify, amaze and astonish viewers before the screening.

Click on the link for info on Potter release parties at bookstores around town:

Dutton's Beverly Hills and Brentwood

Friday, July 15 at 11 pm
Dutton's Beverly Hills and Dutton's Brentwood are hosting a Potter's Eve Party

Join Dutton's (at either location) to celebrate the release of the newest Harry Potter novel - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Games, activities and lots of fun begin at 11 pm and continue through the countdown to midnight when the book will officially go on sale.

Vroman's Pasadena

Vroman's Hasting's Ranch and Pasadenaa Colorado Blvd branches will host parties celebrating the midnight release of the Half-Blood Prince on the evening of Friday, July 15. The Hastings Ranch store will conduct a drawing that night for a chance to win the audiobook version (as narrated by Jim Dale).

On Saturday, July 16, there's more fun for folks who aren't night owls. The Colorado store will have an early morn celebration on it's patio from
from 8 - 9 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, . Though the store won't be open until 9 a.m., early birds can browse through more Harry Potter merchandise and enjoy activities like the Which-Character-Is-This audio competition, trivia games to test out your knowledge of Harry & friends, as well the opportunity to hear the entire first chapter of the Half-Blood Prince. The fun doesn't stop there! You'll get the chance to count up all of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor jelly beans for some awesome Potter prizes! You can even buy your own box and sample the intriguing flavors of Earwax, Spaghetti, Earthworm and, of course, everyone's favorite - VOMIT!! Witches, wizards and muggles of all ages are welcome and encouraged to dress up!!

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Skylight Books
Time: Saturday, July 16, 2005 12:00 AM

Skylight Books, 1818 N Vermont Ave, LA
Skylight Books in Los Feliz stays open till a little after midnight to open the boxes of the first copies of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince".

Storyopolis

12348 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

Friday, Jul. 15, 2005 at 9:00 PM
Their website states "Join us for the midnight release of HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE. Dress up as Harry, Ron, Hermione, or Professor Snape as we await the latest release from J.K.Rowlings' Harry Potter series.

Step into Storyopolis where our Sorting-Hat will let us know what house you belong to and get ready for the games! We're going to have a magician and potions class, we'll have contests all night long and prizes for best dressed and a complete gift-boxed Harry Potter set will be given away!

You can call ahead and pre-order your Half Blood Prince and we'll save you a place in line!

Enter our contest to be the Honorary Half-Blood Wizard at Storyopolis! In 50 words or less, finish this sentence �I love reading Harry Potter books because�� � first place winner will be our honorary wizard on Friday night and runner up will be our honorary wizard on Saturday! PLEASE RSVP TO 818-509-5600"

Where else in this town can you get your Potter on?