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MONTROSE - By Saturday evening, Once Upon a Time bookstore manager Charlotte Hollingsworth could have used a dose of Harry Potter A potter is someone who makes pottery.
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The Montrose bookstore had been open since 6 a.m. for a day of Potter- themed activities - to mark the release of ``Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'' - and she frankly sounded like someone in a very un-Potterlike slump Slump
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At the Encino Barnes and Noble bookstore, anxious children with moms and dads in tow began lining up as early as 10:30 p.m. Friday to get one of the first copies as soon as they went on sale. More than 225 showed up throughout the night.
Parents wanted to create a special memory by surprising their children with the late outing to the bookstore.
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``She was told to put on her bathrobe and to get in the car,'' her father said. ``It was a spontaneous decision to take her. . . . I believe in creating as many moments like that as you can in a child's life.''
As Michelle stood in line in her white bathrobe, she smiled at her father and said, ``When I woke up I thought something bad would happen, but something good happened.''
Zina Block, 37, of Tarzana had already reserved a copy of the book at the store, but she also wanted her 7-year-old son, Austin, to have the opportunity to be among the first to own the book.
``I woke him up at 11:30 (and he went) kicking and screaming,'' she said, ``but tomorrow he'll be happy he came.''
Austin smiled as he talked about the adventures that theHarry Potter character endures in the first three books of the seven-book series.
``He accidentally goes through a pipe from the sink . . . it's actually like a chamber and there is a snake or sort of dragon that lies under there and he defeats it,'' Austin said. ``I thought it was nice how he did it.''
Like Once Upon a Time in Montrose, many stores held Potter activities, scheduled magician acts and gave readings. The Montrose store had a costume costume, distinctive forms of clothing, including official or ceremonial attire such as ecclesiastical vestments, coronation robes, academic gowns, armor, and theatrical dress. contest and a writing contest.
While the book's regular price is $25.95, stores are offering the book at a 40 percent discount, $16.85, based on publisher Scholastic Press' request.
Once Upon a Time sold all its 200 copies by 1 p.m., with 25 names on a waiting list by late in the day. More than 500 books were ordered in an initial shipment at the Encino Barnes and Noble, about 200 of which were reserved.
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``I think that this will go down in history as something for both children and adults,'' he said. ``I think the books are having an incredible impact. I've never seen anything like this before.''
Scott Bello, an assistant manager at the store, said author Rowling has accomplished an awesome feat by appealing to such a large readership read·er·ship
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``She has found a way of touching a nerve in people that is just incredible,'' he said. ``You have people ages 6 to 96 reading the books,'' he said.
Photo: Lauren Guza fastens a Harry Potter wizard hat on Westen Lawton, 8, at the Once Upon a Time bookstore in Montrose.
Eric Grigorian/Special to the Daily News