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Wed., July 15, 2009, 8:56 a.m.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince arrives in Spokane…

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (The Spokesman-Review)
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

You may (or perhaps not) read JK Rowling's entire Harry Potter series of books, but the latest movie to be released, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” landed in Spokane very early this morning. I state very early because people were lining up to full movie houses to see the first run of this movie at approximately 3:00 AM this morning.

Boy howdy! Although I will plead guilty to having attended the first showing of Star Wars when it first came to town, I certainly did not see it running at three in the morning.

What is perhaps more impressive than the long lines of people waiting overnight to attend the opening of this movie are the numbers of young people who are reading books, sometimes for the first times in their young lives, for author J.K. Rowling's series of books have captured young readers' imaginations like few in my experience.

When you were in your tweens what book(s) caught your imagination as nothing before that time? Did they make a movie out of it? Did you get up at ungodly hours of the day or night to watch the movie? Would you do it again?


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