Monday, July 23, 2007

Harry Potter Mania

21 July 2007

Two years ago, I became one of the avid fans of Harry Potter. Finishing up all the previous 6 books in two years time. As I was eagerly waiting for the released of the 7th book, was stunned to find out that the lauching had got into an ugly price war between established bookstores and local hypermarket, which nearly sold the book for more than 40% discount. This lead to 4 major bookstore boycotting the sales and only provide it for those who had already made an pre-order deal.

I paid a visit to Mid Valley early in the morning. As expected, MPH bookstore is not selling it and they even remove all the decoration that they had initially put up. Those customers who manage to collect their pre-order was actually reading it on the spot by sitting on the nearby bench! But pity those who didn't watch the news previous night. They would probably show up and then realize 'OH MY GOD!'.

Later I went down to the lower ground floor and observe the situation at Carrefour hypermarket. They are selling it at Rm69.90 only. It was really a great deal. But I prefer to buy from bookstore instead, eventhough it would be more expensive, cause I'll want to get a freebie.

I was told that Kinokuniya at Suria KLCC had a big entrance with Griffyindor decoration as long as a Fat Lady. But when I reach around 12 noon, the entrance had been remove! What a dissapointing day for me. I should had come before dawn. But nonetheless the environment there was great, they even put out the 'Hogwart-like' music.

Finally, here is my copy of Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows. This is the first time I bought the leatherbound hardcover version and also the first time I bought it on the lauching day. The freebie I got was a Ollivander's Original Quill (But I thought Ollivander actually sell wands). I regret that I didn't camp overnight with my friends to experience the real Potter mania, with pushing, yelling and running! (Call me crazy).

It was nice and thick. My parents thought I was actually reading a bible.


Sparky said...

Oh boy, that certainly is a big book!


ROSSI said...

Another addict here.... :P
hahah.. u got a gang.. Charlie's mum is a big fan to Harry Potter too..
The book is too thick for me.. it's better that i watch the movie cause am a lazy pig.. hehehee..

Oh yes.. i've awarded u the Rockin' Dog blogger.. check out my blog..

ToFFee said...

hi Pacco!

My Mom is a Harry Potter fan too! she got a PDF file of the book even before it was launched and spent the whole 2 days reading and not paying attention to me!

she hogged the computer and I can't blog! huhuhu!

now she wants to buy one to read AGAIN?!

at least Daddy had some sense to talk her out into going for the 3:30 a.m. launch.. lat year she managed to coax daddy to go at the 1 am launch only to get there at 3, then she missed all the freebies and got herself a T shirt a lot sizes TOO big.. hehehe


Oscar Airedale said...

Can you believe my myum hasn't ready ANY of the Harry Potter books!

Oscar x

Amber-Mae said...

My mommy has no interest in reading Harry Potter books infact, not any books! Yeah, she heard about the Harry Potter books being sold cheap at Carrefour. Her bro's gonna buy his there tomorrow infact, they're gonna watch the movie tomorrow morning too! They got the best seats but sadly, we can't come & watch it too. I bet we'll fall a sleep in that freezing room & on those comfy seats, mmmm... Nice!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Maggie said...

I thought my mom was the only non-Harry Potter fan but I now we see that we're in good company with Oscar and Amber!

Love ya lots,

umekotyan said...

Number of terrible people.
An English version was put on the market.
A Japanese version is put on the market for about one year later.
It is impatient.

from loved ume tyan

Reina said...

Mum heard that the last book is gona be a sad read. She bought the Children cover and hasn't touch it. SHe says she has a weak heart and is not ready for sad stories.



Amber said...

Mommy don't read Harry Potter book, only watch the movies, she's too lazy to read. But mommy's sister bought the book. She say because is cheap. And now, she only started reading few front pages. lol.

Lorenza said...

That Potter-mania has taken over many people. My mom hasn't read any of them nor watched the movies. She is boring!
glad you got your copy the same day of the release!
Have a nice day

Asta said...

Oh Pacco,
You're not going to see much of your Mommi she better speed read this hooge book.
My Mommi never got into them either, but we had to cwoss a hooge line of people on frwiday when we were out walking ...they were all waiting to get their was a super hot day and vewy hoomid too..I thought they were nuts to stand out in the sun..but I understand getting vewy enthused about something, so I hope your Mommi has a good time weading it
smoochie kisses

Che-Cheh said...

My friend called Tesco today...guess what? All the adult version already sold out.

Btw, which is nicer. Harry Potterb ooks or movies?

Boo said...

hey didn't u get it from tesco or carrefour? hehehe.

wet wet licks


Simba said...

its all over the place here. I don't like Harry potter.

Simba xx

Bella said...

Huge book isn't it & it's huge news all over the place here too - have you read it all already ?

Jessie and Jake said...

Our mom promises to read it to us when she gets it from our cousin.

we can't wait - Harry Potter rocks!

fee said...

hi pacco, are you going to eat it after you finish reading it?

Momo :) said...

Wow, Pacco what a huge book! My mom has never read Harry Potter so I don't know so much about it. :P
Does your mom still have time to take you out?

Momo xoxo

Marvin The Dog said...

We dont like Harry Potter but we respect the people who do. What a shame it has become such a price war though!

take care, Paco, and we love your music on your blog.

love and licks, Marv xxxx

Butchy & Snickers said...

Hey Pacco,
Our Mama too lazy to read the books too, she just watches the movies. Congrats on getting the nice new book though. Hope you enjoy reading it. Tell us if it's any good ok???
Luv & Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Chelsea said...

Mama loves Harry Potter but, not enough to stand in a mob to wait for the book. She lets her friends do that and then she borrow it after.

hee hee lazy mama


Goofy said...

Can I chew on that book? Mom has the few previous books but just haven't read them!! hahahah

Hammer said...

Hi Pacco

That's a huge book. Do you know what I do with books .. I eat them !!

Love from Hammer

Murphey said...

I did stay up and camp out, what a crazy but fun time!

Murph's lady