July 15, 2005
The sale of the next "Harry Potter" book isn't just breaking publishers' records. It's also breaking the assumption that kids these days only want to watch TV and play video games.
Underneath a sheet behind the Barnes and Noble register lies the answer to who is the half-blood prince, but no one dares to get a sneak peak of book six in the "Harry Potter" series.
"They're under very tight security," said manager Roy Cudoff, who said he is not even allowed to open up the boxes before the strike of midnight the night of July 22nd.
But ten-year-old Abiah Pritchard can hardly wait.
"I'm excited about seeing what other journeys he's going to go on," she said.
Like many kids, Abiah has read all the Potter books, and that is what makes "Harry Potter" not just a publishing phenomenon, but also a reading one.
"I don't think there's been...any children's book in history that has received this much attention," said director of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, John Halliday. He said that the excitement about reading each time a "Harry Potter" book comes out has lasting effects.
"The Harry Potter books, what we see, is that not only do children read them, but then they re-read them because they enjoy them so much. And then very often they move on to reading other books," explained Halliday.
A lot of people say that kids just want to watch TV or play video games. This really proves that children still enjoy reading. "
Another positive is that kids like Abiah enjoy reading them with the family. She reads with Dad, and Mom says it has been a bonding experience.
"I think it's brought the family together because [we] all want to read it," said Kathy Pritchard. "It's one of the few books that the whole family has read."
It just goes to show that all kids needed was a good book.
"I like how its something different from what's happening in the world right now... [and] you can just sit back from that, and then read a good story," smiled Abiah.
Harry Potter is expected to sell a record $10 million copies the first day.