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The 12:03 a.m. Harry Potter Book Review
Why wait until you get home to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when you can read it on the sidewalk moments after purchase? That's what these three decided to do. And after a few pages in, what's the Harry Potter review? "Pretty good."
That doesn't sound like much of an enthusiastic answer, but give 'em a break, they were at Borders in Sherman Oaks by 5:30 a.m. Luckily, it wasn't an all-day adventure waiting for Pottermania; Borders had a wrist-band reserve system set up, but rumor has it that the soccer moms of Sherman Oaks are not happy due to the lack of organization by Borders staff. "They had six-months to prepare for this," one annoyed customer said. And so they tell us a letter-writing campaign is brewing to Borders corporate.
26-year-old Warren Hendricks had the right tactic to be the first in line: arrive late after a few beers at a bar next door, stumble on in and win the raffle prize of being first in line. He must have used The Secret.
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Did Harry Potter cast a spell on the fire marshal?
And they counted down from 10 like it was New Year's Eve to scream "Harry Potter!"
Wizard says if I take picture of him, he'll take picture of me.