Em and I have just come back from the launch of the last Harry Potter book. Two bookshops in town had it on sale at 12:01 this morning. Waterstone's had a huge queue, and WH Smith, where we had a copy on order, a more modest group. We learned afterwards that the price of the book was 50p lower at the former store!
It was still quite an event, with the growing number of Harry fans merging peacefully with the spillout from the pubs and clubs.... The very present Sussex Police no doubt helped maintain the tone. Only a few people were dressed up, and there were more mums and dads probably collecting the book for their offspring than children.
We walked home under the stars and after a hot chocolate, are going to bed. The book will be started when we wake up.