Harry Potter fever grips Atlanta

That would be my terribly-copywritten headline if I worked for the AJC and if they were running this story, but they’re not, I am.

You see, despite the fact that She Who Must Not Be Named wants Harry Potter out of Gwinnett public schools, Metro Atlantans are foaming at the mouth Harry Potter fever.

How do I know? Amazon has a nifty chart of pre-orders for the upcoming 7th and final novel, Harry Potter and the Dealthly Hallows.

As of yesterday (and today), 13 of the top 100 cities – based on per-capita pre-orders – were from Georgia, all of them in Metro Atlanta, including Decatur, Marietta and Alpharetta and Stone Mountain.

So Rodney Ho and Phil Kloer, what’s it take to get an article about Metro readers rejecting – with their wallets and eyeballs – the nut-jobbery of that female Voldemort?

And if you haven’t done so already, pre-order the book yourself!

[Via Kottke]

11 Comments so far

  1. Annie (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 5:23 pm

    Great post, Seth! Either we are a very literary, well-read and downright cool city, or we are a bunch of devil-worshipping heathens. It’s all in your point of view, I guess.

    Female Voldemort! ha. I bet she is working herself into a self-righteous frenzy as the release date nears.


  2. Emma (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 6:42 pm

    Already preordered it at the Borders on Ponce. SO PUMPED!
    Annie: I think we’re a cool combination of both, personally. :)


  3. Chintan (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    “Either we are a very literary, well-read and downright cool city, or we are a bunch of devil-worshipping heathens.”

    Either is fine with me.


  4. Seth (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 10:45 pm

    FYI – I emailed Rodney and Phil directly this afternoon RE: this post.

    I’ll keep everyone informed as to what happens next.


  5. Some Other Mike (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 11:57 pm

    I hope this Potter Prerelease Party will be as entertaining as the last one…200 people in the bookstore, in line for hour+, not reading a damn thing. :)


  6. gretagretchen (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 10:13 am

    Pre-order from Amazon? Are they going to delivery the book by owl post at midnight?

    I figure the Borders on Ponce will be more fun that B & N on Moreland? Any ideas?


  7. gretagretchen (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 10:14 am

    Pre-order from Amazon? Are they going to deliver the book by owl post at midnight?

    I figure the Borders on Ponce will be more fun that B & N on Moreland? Any ideas?


  8. gretagretchen (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 10:15 am

    whoops must have been my broken wand that made the double post. I just went back to fix my typo!


  9. George Burdell (unregistered) on May 11th, 2007 @ 11:43 am

    Interesting stuff about the amazon stats. I tried to make a decision between waiting in line and ordering from amazon…I couldn’t nerd it up and wait in line at midnight. I’m pretty sure it would throw off my whole work week schedule because as soon as the book is in hand, there will be no putting it down.

    Sadly, the gf and I have to order two copies. If either one of us were to finish the book first it’d be a nuclear war. With two books, it’s more of a cold war standoff.


  10. Phil Kloer (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 10:08 am

    Im looking into the Amazon HP list. It’s strange the way the towns cluster geographically, with huge amounts around suburban DC, Atlanta, and Washington State. Interesting, though. Keep reading the AJC, as I know you all do, and I’ll try to get something in.
    PK


  11. Seth (unregistered) on May 18th, 2007 @ 11:07 am

    Phil did right by us and had a story in the paper on this very topic. Yours truly is quoted:

    http://tinyurl.com/38jzdv

    -Seth



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