Harry Potter Fans' Wait Almost Over

Harry Potter Fans' Wait Almost Over

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Coco Warner ReportingIt is time for Muggles to get ready for more Harry Potter magic.

J.K Rowling's fifth installment of the popular series goes on sale Saturday, with much anticipation.

Coco Warner joins us live from the Gateway with more on the countdown.

The Barnes and Noble bookstore behind me expects hundreds -- maybe even a thousand -- people to come to their Harry Potter party tonight. And just after the stroke of midnight, 12:01 to be exact, they'll be able to walk out with a copy of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

It's been three years since the release of the last Harry Potter book and the Anderle family has felt every minute of it. To say they're big fans would be an understatement.

Isaac Anderle/12 years old: "J.K. Rowling makes it sound like it's everyday life, and it's like that you're in it and it makes you feel like, it happens, that kind of thing happens everyday."

Eli Anderle/9 years old: "In lots of them they have big detail in them."

Lauren Anderle/7 years old: “My favorite characters are Ron, Harry, Hermione, and Dumbledore and Hagrid."

Now the wait is almost over. The Anderles plan to attend a special party at the Children's Hour bookstore in Salt Lake City, where they've pre-ordered a copy of the newest book.

The Salt Lake City Public Library is also hosting Midnight Muggle Madness. The fun begins at 8:00 p.m., when the upper Urban level will become "Diagon Alley" and participants can catch the train at station nine-and three-quarters to the library's version of Hogwarts.

The Tracey Aviary will be there with their very own animal companion, and Harry's favorite, the owl.

Of course, the book's available too. Paul Musser/SLC Library: "So right at midnight, Sam Weller's is going to start selling their books and the library will start releasing their books for the first 120 people who have the holds on them."

And at the Gateway, the party at Barnes and Noble starts at 9:00 p.m. They have pre-sold nearly a thousand books.

Chris Sowards/Barnes and Noble "Any strict on-sale title cannot be sold even a second before the release date; technically it's okay to do it at 12:01. That's the unusual thing about it, is that we're actually staying open late enough to do that."

The secrecy and restrictions surrounding "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is probably part of what's stirring up so much interest.

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