Although usually miserable at orderly waiting in orderly lines, German Harry Potter fans are doing to be doing just that. They have to, I suppose, it is an English book after all. That’s right, today’s long-awaited publication of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in Germany (and elsewhere, of course) is going to be just that, the publication of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows”, in English. The German fans refuse to wait for the German translation of the book which won’t be out until October some time.

Can you imagine waiting in line in the middle of the night to buy a book written in a language you don’t properly understand that isn’t your own language that you don’t properly understand? Me neither. But German Harry Potter fans just make it happen and bite the bullet and read the English anyway, whether they can or not. Online orders of the original version have passed the 170,000 mark here. And the last Harry Potter book even became the first English-language book ever to make it into the German best seller list

I really hate saying this, but I find this impressive and commendable and little short of amazing. I guess that’s why I wrote it instead.

So have fun tonight at that global camping-out party ritual taking place in front of a bookstore near you regardless of where you live in Germany or anywhere else on this planet unless it’s in Antarctica maybe. Kind of like Live Earth, isn’t it? And don’t even think about crowding in line buddy.

Expelliarmus!

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