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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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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!

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