Sunday, July 31, 2016

Harry Potter at Midnight

When Brett and Cal were younger we started the tradition of attending the Barnes & Noble midnight release of the newest Harry Potter book.  It was a lot of fun.  There were a lot of Harry Potter activities and the sorting hat would put us into houses when we arrived.  There were always hundreds of people there many dressed as their favorite Harry Potter character.  The boys enjoyed the events very much and Cal would usually fall asleep on the way home holding the book.  He was also usually the first one to finish reading it, although many times Doug would read the book out loud to the two of them before bedtime during the next few weeks.

As the last book in the Harry Potter series was released in 2007 Meg and Cam never got to experience the midnight release parties.  Thus, when we heard there was a new J.K. Rowling book - Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - we knew we had to attend the midnight festivities with them.  It worked out well for us as we were able to stop in South Bend after our day long trip to Michigan yesterday.  Walking into the store it was like stepping back in time except with different Heinisch children.  There were Harry Potter activities, a sorting hat, lots of fans dressed up and even a whomping willow in the middle of the store.  We counted down the time to midnight and cheered when the clock struck twelve.  Doug predicted we would be in the van at 12:35 from our previous experiences and he missed it by only one minute.  No one feel asleep on the way home,  but other than that it was reminiscent of years ago. Cal even asked today to read the book first.

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