It kept going way, way way around the block. There were easily a thousand people, and very likely twice that. They cheered when the fire engine drove by, so good-natured and hopeful for action were they. :) At least five people stopped and asked us, or asked nearby, what the queue was for, and every one of them was a hundred percent incredulous that it was for Harry Potter. All those people lined up to buy a book. That ranks among the most awesome things I've ever seen. *beam*
We had a ridiculously good time, really. There was a Death Eater and a wizard behind us, and to my delight the Death Eater turned out to be a cute little girl. Take that, world. :) The wizard and Death Eater belonged to the talkative man behind us, who was rather gleeful at the idea that we could call up our Stateside friends and say, "NEENER NEENER WE GOT THE BOOK ALREADY!"
Laughing, I said that sounded like fun, but not very mature, and he gestured broadly at the hundreds of people standing in line and said, "Like this is mature?"
So, NEENER NEENER WE GOT THE BOOK ALREADY! (Just for the benefit of the talkative man, you understand!)
There were a number of costumes, most of which I wasn't all that impressed with, but I did see--aside from the pair behind us--a recognizeable Whomping Willow and a recognizeable Bellatrix Lestrange. There were numerous generic witches and wizards, and nobody I recognized from any of the Houses. The entire thing, however, made me want to do a costume for the seventh movie. :)
Oddly enough, I don't have a picture of Ted with his new Harry Potter book, and furthermore, I'm not going to suggest to him that I take one to post, because it is safely in its bag downstairs, where it should remain until morning, because did I mention it's 2:30 in the morning? Yeah. I thought I had. So sleep time now.