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July 20, 2007

Albany-  It will be a late night for Harry Potter fans who are expected to stay up past midnight for the release of the seventh and last book in the series.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and not a minute before.

There's been a lot of hype about the book because everyone's wondering if this will spell the end to Harry Potter's magic.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is expected to be the fastest selling book in history. You can bet Harry's biggest fans will be out early Friday to get in line for the book's release.

Books-A-Million at the Albany Mall has plenty activities if you're out Friday to get a copy. The fun will start around 9:00 p.m.  Potter fans can dress up like their favorite characters for a costume contest, test their knowledge with trivia, divide up in Hogwarts four houses for different activities including face painting. Books-A-Million managers say the recent release of the latest Harry Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" has boosted interest in the last book. 

"The fact that the movie's done well already, was well received, well reviewed, the fact that they released it right on top of the book was obviously not a coincidence, I think that that in turn has got a lot of people thinking Harry Potter, just discussing it in general and that in turn is going to relate to big sales and a big event for us here Friday night," said Jeff Schuman, Assistant general manager Books-A-Million. 

Just in case Harry Potter's magic is put to a tragic end in this book, Books-A-Million has started a save Harry campaign. Many have already signed the list to help save their favorite wizard.   Books A Million won't say how many books they have on hand for Saturday's release, just if you have a voucher, you're likely guaranteed a book. The store will remain open as long as they've got people in line with vouchers.

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