You live in a remarkable time. Not because humanity is exploring new media at the dawn of the digital age or forming more open, democratic societies that place more emphasis on social equality. No, you're fortunate because of Harry Potter. You are in the midst of the debut of an international cultural phenomenon, a series of booksamazingly enough, in this era of text messaging and blogsthat unites young and old people of practically every race and nationality on Earth in heretofore unmatched enthusiasm for a fictional teenage boy with magical powers. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in the series, will be released at the stroke of midnight this Saturday, July 21, and you have the opportunity to be among the first people in history to find out how the story ends. Don't waste it by waiting in line for your copy at Wal-Mart. Every Borders bookstore in town is having a launch party the night of July 20 with costume contests, film screenings and readings that center around Harry. We recommend the Dallas Borders at Preston Road and Royal Lane. Beginning at 9:30 p.m., its Grand Hallows Ball features a real double-decker bus, carriage rides and a purple carpet on which to showcase your Harry best magical fashions. Oh, and Snape is innocent. Call 214-363-1977.
Fri., July 20, 9:30 p.m.