Madison's Midnight Madness

By: Natalie Swaby
By: Natalie Swaby

Potter parties are popping up all over Madison, adding to the 5000 soirees happening nationwide. The Friday night frenzy is for the midnight release of the sixth Harry Potter book, "Half Blood Prince."

At the Madison Public Library it is much more serene. However, they are bracing for fans. Our cameras were allowed into a back room where they are keeping their copies of the "Half Blood Prince." They can not make the books public until Saturday. Already almost a thousand people are on a waiting list, but the library only gets 141 copies that they are keeping under lock and key.

"The circulating copies will go out tomorrow to the first people who have the books on hold, but the rental copies will be available at every branch and at the central library, for $2.00 a week you get to take Harry home and read him," says Linda Olson of the Madison Public Library.

But it is first come, first serve for the rental books. The Barnes and Nobles chain expects to sell 1.2 million copies in 24 hours time.


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