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Time draws near for Potter book’s release


Harry Potter fans, many of them dressed as characters from the story, wait outside a London bookstore for the release of an earlier book in the series in 2005. Associated Press
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Harry Potter fans, many of them dressed as characters from the story, wait outside a London bookstore for the release of an earlier book in the series in 2005. Associated Press (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

It’s nearly time.

The eagerly awaited release of “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” is scheduled for July 21. Some local bookstores are planning hours-long parties leading up to the stroke of midnight the previous day, when the final book in the series will be sold. Bookstores have been reserving copies for weeks, so if you want to hold the book in your hands on the release day, it might be a good idea to order it soon.

The Barnes & Noble stores at Spokane Valley Mall and NorthTown Mall will begin their Midnight Magic Costume Parties at 9 p.m. July 20. Fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite character. There will be prizes, contests, photo opportunities and more to fill the time until midnight.

Auntie’s Bookstore in downtown Spokane will begin its “Harry Potter Flies Again” party at 9 p.m. July 20. Costumed fans – and noncostumed ones – can play games, win prizes and have treats before the book goes on sale at midnight. Tickets are $10 or $5 with pre-purchase of the book. Call (509) 838-0206 for more information. The store is at 401 W. Main Ave.

Mobius Kids

More fun camps are in store for kids at Mobius Kids in downtown Spokane. Ages 4 through 6 are invited to a Coral Reef class from 11 a.m. to noon July 19. The cost is $10 for members or $12 for nonmembers. A Things That Fly camp is scheduled for July 24 and 25 from 10 a.m. to noon for ages 4 through 6. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers.

Kids ages 6 through 10 can learn all about wild animals during the Wild Kingdom camp scheduled for July 23 to 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. daily. The cost is $65 for members and $75 for nonmembers.

Mobius Kids is at 808 W. Main Ave. in the lower level. Call (509) 624-5437 to register.

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