Harry Potter Mania

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

It's the book that has everyone talking. The seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series was released Friday night at midnight all over the world.

People waited in line for hours just to get their hands on a copy of the book.

We were there with them to see just what the Harry Potter hype was all about.

"This is gonna be the last book," 8-year-old Alexander Gelderman said .

The release of the final edition of the Harry Potter series.

"We've just kind of kept them under lock and key and well-protected," said Melissa Rush, Barnes & Noble's Community Relations Manager.

And after hours of waiting...

"I'm tired already!" 9-year-old Bailey Dargo said.

The book that had everyone talking was finally ready to be revealed!

"My dad ordered it six months early!" said Kristin James.

The book was even popular with those not familiar with it!

"I haven't read any Harry Potter books," said Brandon Hendrix, who was dressed in a costume with his girlfriend.

From the first person in line....

"I am just going to hug my book. Hug it and I'm just gonna pray that she'll make another different series," said Bailey Dargo, who won the costume contest and received a free book.

To others farther back......

"I have Harry Potter!" Kate McElroy screamed .

The excitement for this book could not be contained.

"I can't believe I'm actually holding it! I'm actually holding it!" McElroy exclaimed.

Kate Mackelroy is a Harry Potter fanatic.

"I've read the first one 23 times!" McElroy said.

She said now that she finally has the book it's going to be hard.

"I don't want to read ahead, but I don't know if I'm going to be able to stop myself!" McElroy said.

What could be even harder is getting some sleep, which many of these Harry Potter fans don't plan on doing just yet.

"Probably ride home and read the first few chapters," said Alexander Gelderman.

"I plan to read it all night tonight!" Mike Thorsky admitted.

"We're going to stay up all night reading it! I'm so excited to have it. I can't believe I'm really, really holding it!" McElroy said.

Harry Potter is a series of books by author J.K. Rowling about a young boy's fight against an evil wizard.

Before Friday night's sales from the new book, more than 325-million copies of these books had been sold worldwide in more than 63 languages.

By 1:30 Saturday morning, everyone who was waiting in line for a copy at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Bowling Green finally got their hands on the book.

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