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Friday, July 20, 2007

Harry Potter and the worldwide craze

The Associated Press moved a review of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” at 7 p.m. Friday, many hours after we had finished our Saturday Life pages.

If you are a regular Freeman reader, you know we don’t run book reviews. I had blogged (is that a verb?) about this before.

Having said that, tomorrow’s Freeman will have the review (And don’t worry, there will be no spoilers).

Why are we making an exception for this book?

The answer is you.

As in, YOU are the one who's going to be at the bookstore at midnight tonight -- dressed up as a wizard with a wand and a goblet -- buying a children’s book (Sorry, young adult).

Children actually wanting to read?

Adults captivated by a children’s book?

A worldwide celebration of a fictional character?

That, my friends, is news, if not magic.

So if you want to know if Harry lives or dies, well, you’re going to have to read a book.

What a crazy concept.
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