The World Queues Up for Harry PotterBy Communications Office Fri, July 20, 2007
If there hadn’t been such a similar frenzy surrounding the commercial release of the iPhone just a few weeks ago, the international phenomenon of people camping out on the street to be among the first to get their hands on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would probably more effectively resist interpretation as yet another manifestation of 21st-century consumerist pathology. "But wait, it’s a book that people are excited about, not an electronic gadget. And the Harry Potter series has done wonders for youth literacy. Hasn’t it?" Well, maybe not . It has, however, most certainly yielded a theme park . On a lighter note, for those of you planning on braving the midnight crowds, consider casting a Lumos spell to light your way, even though Lore Sjöberg only gives it a D .