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Rhinebeck's Oblong Books Readies For Harry Potter Release

Suzanna Hermans is co-owner of Oblong Books.
Suzanna Hermans is co-owner of Oblong Books. Photo Credit: Charles Smith Jr.
Oblong Books, in Rhinebeck, has been in operation since 2001.
Oblong Books, in Rhinebeck, has been in operation since 2001. Photo Credit: contributed

RHINEBECK, N.Y. -- Suzanna Hermans, co-owner of Rhinebeck's Oblong Books & Music, is looking forward to the new Harry Potter release -- and has free posters ready for her first Potter purchasers.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be released Sunday, July 31, though the book will be officially released at midnight Saturday. CNBC reports it is both Amazon's and Barnes & Noble's top preordered book.

"While our customers are looking forward to finding out what happens next to Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione's kids, we don't expect sales to nearly be as strong as for the original books, since this is of course a play script, based on a story by J.K. Rowling but written by Jack Thorne," said Hermans.

"Reading a play is a very different experience from reading a novel, and it won't be for everyone. We expect that the adult fans of Harry Potter, who grew up with the books, to be the majority of the audience for the new play."

Oblong Books began in Millerton in 1975, expanding to a second store, in Rhinebeck, in 2001. Both will be open at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Oblong Rhinebeck is located at 6422 Montgomery St. Oblong Millerton is at 26 Main St. For more info on the stores, visit the website.

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