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Harry Potter parties

Studio One and Backstage Theatre Co. will host a Harry Potter book-release celebration Friday night.

Owner/director Darren Butler decided to book the Princess Theatre Center for the Performing Arts for the event “because we want all Harry Potter fans of all ages to come and celebrate the ending of the series.” There is no admission charge.

The event will begin at 9 p.m. with a swording ceremony and lasts until after midnight, when Butler will read the first chapter of the new book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

The Decatur man, a children’s author and playwright, wrote a short play with his view of how the last book will end. It will be presented about 10:30 p.m. with Studio One actors playing favorite book characters: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Ginny and Lord Voldemort.

The boxes of books will be opened at 12:01 a.m. Butler took orders for copies of the book at $23.95 each, and he expects to have some extras. Call 308-2300 to reserve copies.

He said those who ordered books elsewhere can attend this event and leave before midnight to pick up their books.

Library, book store

Decatur Public Library is hosting a release party Friday for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” from 10 p.m. to midnight, when the book can become available for pre-purchase pickup. Purchase $5 tickets at the library’s front desk. Call 353-2993 for more information.

Books-A-Million is also planning a book release party, including face painting, a costume contest and magic tricks, starting at 8 p.m. You can pick up your pre-ordered copy of the final “Harry Potter” book at midnight. Call 350-3535.

Potter mania

We want to hear your story and why you’re going to miss the boy wizard and his pals.

  • Do you think Harry will survive?

  • Did you grow up with Harry?

  • Are you dressing up to attend the movie or a book party?

  • Does the entire family enjoy reading “Harry Potter”?

  • How will you cope with the end of a magical era?

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