we will all have to make sacrifices this summer

March 12, 2007 at 12:00 am | Posted in minutiae, tv:film | Leave a comment

Summer Camps: Harry Potter and the Final-Book Frenzy : Newsweek Periscope

Jill Kleinman closed her children’s bookstore to operate a summer camp, so she thought her days of catering to young bibliophiles and their parents were over. But last month “I got a call from a parent who wants to pull his child out of camp at midnight to get the new ‘Harry Potter’ book,” says Kleinman, who runs Camp Taconic in Massachusetts. “I had to tell him no. It sets a bad precedent.”
According to the American Camp Association, many summer camps make accommodations—later bedtimes, more free time—when J. K. Rowling chooses a summer release date for an installment of her blockbuster “Potter” series.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final book in the series, will be released July 21. 

I checked out comingsoon.net, no major films (for adults or children) are being released that weekend (though the film version of the fifth book will be released the weekend before).  The Simpsons Movie comes out the following weekend, but to leave a weekend open in the middle of summer for a book is rather incredible.

In Paul Collins’ excellent book “Sixpence House”, he opens with a passage describing how the publication of his book could have been delayed due to a shortage of paper required for the new Harry Potter book.  It would be interesting to find out how many trees it takes to print an 800+ page book, and the acreage of trees the Harry Potter series is responsible for.   Well, maybe not interesting exactly, but trivia for certain.


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