PORT OF ILWACO - Costumes are encouraged and goodies straight from Hogwart's Academy will be served Saturday, July 16, when "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is launched at Time Enough Books at the Port of Ilwaco.
Time Enough owner Karla Nelson will be serving a breakfast of culinary delights from the popular series of books - Pumpkin Pasties, Cauldron Cakes, Canary Creams, Diagon Alley blend coffee and butter beer using her own secret recipe - from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the book store. She will be in costume as Professor McGonagall and several other characters from the books will be on hand to help with the party.
Independent Books in Long Beach also will carry the new Harry Potter book.
The new book is the sixth in a series of seven by J.K. Rowling about the adventures of Harry and friends. Nelson will have 200 copies available for purchase during the breakfast with 85 of those copies already reserved. Nelson learned from a similar event two years ago with the release of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" to have plenty of books on hand. "I ordered 60 copies in 2003 and sold 110," she said.
The series isn't just for kids. She said she started taking reservations for the breakfast in March this year and, so far, 184 have signed up - 85 adults and 49 kids.
"Anybody can come in costume," Nelson said.
Bags of Potter-related goodies will be given to all who come - including eyeglasses and Bertie Botts of every flavor including earwax, vomit, grass, spinach, dirt and mayonnaise - as well as commemorative items. Golden Snitches will hang from the ceiling at the store and everyone will get a lightning-bolt tattoo as they come through the door, temporary, of course.
Throughout the morning, drawings will be held for Potter prizes - watches, clocks, journals and trading cards. And, trivia questions and word-search puzzles will be handed out. "Everybody will win something," Nelson said. Adults will have a chance to win a print of Hedwig.
To make a reservation for the breakfast, call Time Enough Books at 642-7667.