Last year around this time my nice little town celebrated the final Harry Potter book release by throwing an Extravaganza. It was a lot of fun. About 12,000 people showed up, which is about half the population of my nice little town. Most of them were dressed up as witches and wizards.
The Learned Owl Bookshop in my nice little town sponsored the last Extravaganza. For that night they turned into Flourish and Blotts.
The merchants in our quaint little downtown all turned into various wizarding shops for the night.It was like strolling around Diagon Alley, or Hogsmeade.
I've just learned that they were planning a Harry Potter Birthday Bash for the end of August to celebrate Harry Potter's birthday. They've moved the celebration, however, to coincide with the release of the 6th Harry Potter Movie in the fall and a date has not yet been set.
To see pictures of last year's celebration and to learn about this year's planning, click here. The pictures from last year are divided into Character Photos, Start of Term Feast Photos, Everything Else Photos, and More Photos.
The Start of Term Feast was held at a very old private high school in my nice little town, so there was a great hall to use, and you had to purchase tickets ahead for that. It sold out very quickly.
(All pictures from The Learned Owl Harry Potter Webpage.)