Gee, Wiz 

One of the biggest events this summer is at bookstores Saturday, July 21st. Weighing 1.8 pounds and coming in at 784 pages, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released. But the party really starts the night before. All across Memphis on July 20th, Potter enthusiasts of all ages will be coming together to celebrate the seventh and last tome in the J.K. Rowling series.

Davis-Kidd Booksellers is throwing a "Marauding at Midnight Party" beginning at 10 p.m. There'll be a snowy tribute to Dumbledore, photo ops with Hogwarts professors, and confetti cannons at midnight.

Barnes & Noble Wolfchase is having a "Midnight Magic Party" beginning at 7:30 p.m., with a costume contest, fortune telling, and other activities. The Barnes & Noble Carriage Crossing event starts at 8 p.m. and includes a Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean jelly-bean-tasting contest, giveaways, and games. You can also get your picture taken in front of a painting of Hogwarts with a cutout of Harry.

Bookstar in Poplar Plaza kicks off its event at 8 p.m., with trivia, crafts, a costume contest, and FOX 13's Joey Sulipeck, who will read from the penultimate wizarding tale, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Burke's Book Store is having its Harry Potter event on Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. An English breakfast will be served, and part of the proceeds from the book's sales will go to the Memphis Literacy Council.

Who is the mysterious "R.A.B." mentioned in the last book? Will Snape finally be vindicated as one of the good guys? Will Harry get killed off? Will there be life after Harry Potter ends?

We'll all know the answers on the 21st.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Events, Friday, July 20th, and Saturday, July 21st: Barnes & Noble Wolfchase, 2774 N. Germantown Pkwy., 386-2468; Barnes & Noble Carriage Crossing, 4610 Merchants Park Circle (Collierville), 853-3264; Bookstar, 3402 Poplar, 323-9332; Burke's Book Store, 936 S. Cooper, 278-7484; Davis-Kidd Booksellers, 387 Perkins Ext., 683-9801.

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