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Potter Mania


Potter Mania
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This month brings a worldwide Harry Potter freak-out. First, the blockbuster film series’ fifth installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, opens in movie theaters on July 11. Then, the anxiously awaited seventh, and final, novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, hits bookstores on July 21. The East Bay has its fair share of Potter parties. Here’s a peek.
At the Movies
Need to catch up on the first four films? The best place to
see them is at the gigantic Dome theater in Pleasant Hill, which will be running a Harry Potter film festival from July 8 to 11. There will be a 9 a.m. screening and an 11:30 p.m. screening each day, beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on July 8. The Chamber of Secrets follows on July 9, then The Prisoner of Azkaban on July 10 and The Goblet of Fire on July 11. Tickets are $5 for the morning screening and $7 at night. CineArts at Pleasant Hill, 2314 Monument Blvd., (925) 687-1100, www.cinemark.com.
The newest movie is being released in a 3-D version for those enormous IMAX screens. Advance buzz suggests the flying sequences are off the hook. Regal Cinemas and IMAX, 5000 Dublin Blvd., Dublin, (925) 560-9600, www.regalcinemas.com.

Library Fun
Magician Brian Scott will present his wizard training school at the Pleasanton Public Library on July 7 at 2 p.m. Muggles need not attend. 400 Old Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, (925) 931-3400, Ext. 8, www.brianscottproductions.com.
Potter publisher Scholastic is sending the Knight Bus—a triple-decker bus like the one in the books—to tour 37 libraries across the country before the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Potterheads are invited to board the bus at any stop and share their raves for the Scholastic video website. The bus will venture to the Oakland Public Library on July 11 from 4 to 7 p.m., 125 14th St., Oakland, (510) 238-3134, www.oaklandlibrary.org.

Bookstore Happenings
The Lafayette Storyteller will be open at midnight on July 21 to
sell copies of Deathly Hallows to extreme Potterphiles. Then it will reopen at 7 a.m. to throw a party for advance purchasers in the morning. The party is aimed at the under-12 set and will feature many activities related to Potter stories. Lafayette Storyteller,
30 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 284-3480
In recognition that Potter fans are growing up, Rakestraw Books scrapped its plans for a face-painter event in favor of a nightclub party for teens in the store. The festivities begin at 10 p.m. on July 20 for advance purchasers only, and Deathly Hallows will be distributed at midnight. 409 Railroad Ave., Danville, (925) 837-7337, www.rakestrawbooks.com.

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