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The Anniversary
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I was reminded that yesterday was the one year anniversary of the publication of Deathly Hallows. It was also the weekend when the floods became really serious and I came back to a house with no running water and, for two days, no electricity. I didn't talk about that much at the time because... well, I didn't see the point. Very British of me, I suppose. The managers at my work were amazing: they stocked in preparation for the worst and had baby wipes, food, perishables, everything for us. People who still had running water offered us their baths and showers and their washing machines. The managers also arranged for us to take a minibus to a leisure centre in Swindon (neighbouring county) and have showers there. Looking back, I wonder why I wasn't more upset. I'd been in Gloucester for less than a month when we were flooded. It took a month for things to get back to normal for us. Some people in Tewkesbury, which was worse off, have only just moved back in. Some are still living in caravans. I was lucky, since my sister lives in Bristol, just an hour down the train track but unaffected (despite living on the mouth of the Severn!). I probably used all her hot water with my washing and my shower.

For all my HP friends on the flist, what are your memories of 21/07/07?

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I'm not an HP fan, per se, but I do remember what I did that day because it was HP-involved.

I had to read the last book to my sister while she was driving. For two hours straight. And I had to do the British accents and voices and everything. And she yelled at me if I read too fast. D:

Man, I can't imagine trying to read an American book with the accents for two hours straight. o.o *hugs* Was that Vanessa?

It was actually Joc, in this case.

*tsk* Typical twin. Emily and Pid, the other twins I know, are very demanding of each other.

A kid I knew since he was seven years old was getting married in another state the weekend that Harry Potter was coming out. My daughter was in yet another state taking the Bar exam that monday. So for the first time since the fourth book my family wasn't at the midnight send off of the books together. My daughter ordered hers but hid it under her bed so it wouldn't distract her from studying. She read it the moment the second day of testing was over.

The brother of the groom at the wedding I was attending had died in Iraq just two years before. I can't read in cars -- I get car sick. I didn't want to get the book in the town where the wedding was because I wanted to give my time to the groom's mom and family because of their previous loss. The son who was lost was the twin of the groom, and the lack of his presence was felt by everyone, especially the best man who knew he was standing in for the lost brother. With all of that I didn't want to take time away to read my Harry Potter book. The groom's family is quite large and the day after the wedding I did see some of his sister's reading the books. I was tempted to peek. It was frustrating because I knew that my rush pre-ordered copy was sitting at home waiting for me.

The morning we were leaving for the very long drive back to my own state the kids of the families who'd come to the wedding were all reading in the Lobby of the hotel. They'd made special trips to area book stores to buy it. Some had preordered it by phone at those stores. A guy who claimed to hate the books had read them on the internet and kept threatening to reveal secrets. One girl who'd gone to high school with one of my sons and was a pretty popular soccer girl who reminded me of Ginny turned to him and said, "If you tell me anything that happened in the books, anything at all, I will hurt you in a public and humiliating way. I mean it." My son who is six foot three claimed to be sure that she could do it and he knew the hurt would be physical. "I'm scared of her my son said, and I'm an athlete." The kid who was definitely not an athlete shut up. This reminded me so much of Ginny. I think of this girl when ever I think of Ginny.

When my family got home we all grabbed off the porch our own copies of the book and started reading. We had a pact to act as if the book hadn't come out yet until every family member had read the books.

About 1/3 of my church were rabid Potter fans, 1/3 had not interest at all and 1/3 disapproved. We spent the following Sunday after church on the grounds talking Potter with all the fans. My sister and Dad were obsessed as well.

I had a month of constant Potter talk. Then my daughter showed me the Sugar Quill.

My one sister who is a tepid fan at best and took for ever to finish the book was convinced that Hermione should have married Kingsley, when she got a little older and worked at the ministry.

Crap, I can't believe I never replied to this comment. Maybe I didn't know what to say. Especially since your story about the twin brothers is so similar to what it must have been like at George's wedding. :((

One girl who'd gone to high school with one of my sons and was a pretty popular soccer girl who reminded me of Ginny turned to him and said, "If you tell me anything that happened in the books, anything at all, I will hurt you in a public and humiliating way. I mean it." My son who is six foot three claimed to be sure that she could do it and he knew the hurt would be physical. "I'm scared of her my son said, and I'm an athlete." The kid who was definitely not an athlete shut up. This reminded me so much of Ginny. I think of this girl when ever I think of Ginny.

This, on the other hand, is hilarious and SO TRUE. That is completely Ginny!

Wow, Hermione/Kingsley... certainly original!

My boyfriend brought his copy over right after he'd bought it, dropped it in my lap, and said 'Look what I brought you, love.'
Of course, he is the one that got me hooked on Potter in the first place.



You have a VERY cool boyfriend.

Absolute, complete chaos.

I worked at a bookstore last summer, and we spent the entire summer preparing for this party. I'd helped come up with a lot of the plans for the party, and the night before had been at the mall late to help set up. I was very excited and very nervous. I got to work around 4 and was there until midnight. We had several thousand people in the mall. I was dressed up as Luna Lovegood, and several parents took pictures of me with their kids. At one point, we didn't know if we would have enough books. My boss told me that she didn't know if I would be getting a book, which was awful to hear. But midnght came, and I got off, grabbed my book, and went home to read.

All week long, I had been calling BeatriceEagle and the two of us had been squeeing like mad about the release. A few minutes before midnight, she had called me. I didn't pick up because I didn't hear it, but she left a message, which I still have saved on my phone because it is just one of those momentous occasions that you never want to forget. Because we couldn't go to the release together, we decided to read the first chapter together on the phone. She was in the car and couldn't see, so I read the chapter to her. It was fantastic.

Edited at 2008-07-23 03:26 am (UTC)

Wow, I can't imagine how hectic it must have been to work in a BOOKSHOP of all places on that momentous day!

All week long, I had been calling BeatriceEagle and the two of us had been squeeing like mad about the release. A few minutes before midnight, she had called me. I didn't pick up because I didn't hear it, but she left a message, which I still have saved on my phone because it is just one of those momentous occasions that you never want to forget.

I know what you mean. How amazing that you got to read the first chapter to her! Thank you for sharing your memories. :)

It was incredibly hectic, but I wouldn't have traded the experience for the world. Not to mention...I got paid to go to the release party. Pretty awesome, in my opinion. :D

Oh, I agree. I really wish I could have been in the main Waterstones in London on 21/07/07 and seen the Mugglecasters in action! And yeah, getting paid to go to the release party is the icing on the cake!

On that day it arrived on my doorstep very early in the morning, I locked myself in my room, until I left to say 'Hagrid! oh my god Hedwig' then I finally got the sense of just how much this book could scar me and looked at it wearily for awhile.

Eventually finished and was rather satified... filled with the happy yet sad feeling you know? then of course was the trip to cornwall... having to go a day late because of the floods, going on the motorway with the tomtom and seeing flood water on either side of the road, all the while praying that it would stay where it was and no one would end up floating away, arriving at my cousins who smiled and stole my book.

It's kinda scary how fast time has moved, this entry has kind of scared me as that wasn't so long ago and now is the new trip soon! jeez.

I locked myself in my room, until I left to say 'Hagrid! oh my god Hedwig' then I finally got the sense of just how much this book could scar me and looked at it wearily for awhile.

Yeah, that sounds familiar. I was devastated by Hedwig's death.

then of course was the trip to cornwall... having to go a day late because of the floods, going on the motorway with the tomtom and seeing flood water on either side of the road, all the while praying that it would stay where it was and no one would end up floating away, arriving at my cousins who smiled and stole my book.

Some people did float away. Good thing you'd already read your book when they stole it! ;)

Thanks for sharing your memories!

I didn't expect Hedwig to die... I mean I know she said that Hedwig had been like a stuffed toy for him or something, but she was the first present he ever got, he loved that owl. I just found it cruel!

Some people did float away? jeez... didn't know that. Well their mum was refusing to buy the book until the price went down or it came out on paperback... which would be nowish lol and Joseph knew I would have it, so they stole and I had to buy a new one.

No no it was interesting reading yours and others takes on the day that really doesn't feel that long ago!

I don't think Hedwig was like a stuffed toy at all! But I do see how difficult it would have been to take her on a journey. She is very noticeable and she would have got very cranky with Harry when he was obsessing with the Horcruxes.

Some people did float away? jeez... didn't know that.

Seven people died during the floods.

Well their mum was refusing to buy the book until the price went down or it came out on paperback... which would be nowish lol and Joseph knew I would have it, so they stole and I had to buy a new one.

Ahhh... I hope you didn't mind too much?

Well yes she would have been noticable but she could have been hidden away, or not used much by him because of that... as mean as it sounds. I never found her like a stuffed toy either Hedwig amused me many times in the books.

:-( Have things been taken to prevent a simalar thing happening again? I knew what the news said just didn't know about the deaths, though so much was damaged.

Well I didn't really have much choice in the matter, and I would have been the nastiest person to just say 'ah well to bad kids!' and run off... they'd never have finished by the time I went home. It was the best option.

Well, let's see... my mom was out of town. Dad and Big Brother and I drove forty-five minutes to get to the same store at which I'd bought the books since no. 4 (it had moved somehow between four and five.) I had painted a couple of little stars on my face, and my brother, who gave up on Harry Potter midway through no. 3, still insisted on dressing up. He put on a robe, a mortarboard, got a fake cigar, and walked around saying to cute girls, "Hey, graduation! Yeah, finally!"
... I had nothing to say.
I had tried to take a nap earlier in the day, but couldn't get to sleep. That night I tried to nap between two chapters (I wanted to accomplish my feat of book six, to read the whole thing in the first night), I even set a timer, but Harry's just broken his wand, and I couldn't.
So that's pretty much my memory of July 21st - it's July 22nd when I actually read the book, remember. :-)

Moved location, huh? Must have been doing well!

my brother, who gave up on Harry Potter midway through no. 3, still insisted on dressing up. He put on a robe, a mortarboard, got a fake cigar, and walked around saying to cute girls, "Hey, graduation! Yeah, finally!"

Ecchi! XP

That night I tried to nap between two chapters (I wanted to accomplish my feat of book six, to read the whole thing in the first night), I even set a timer, but Harry's just broken his wand, and I couldn't.

That was a terrible moment, wasn't it? >.< You were thinking "how's he going to live now?!"

Thanks for sharing your memories!

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