VALDOSTA -- Apparently it's not just for kids.
A crowd of adults waited outside Books-A-Million Saturday morning to purchase a copy of J.K. Rowling's sixth book in the "Harry Potter" series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
Theresa Webb, of Valdosta, said one of the "Harry Potter" movies made her want to read the book, which she found even better than the movie.
"I got hooked after that," Webb said.
She finds the books to be interesting because Rowling writes in a way that appeals to adults, Webb said, noting the humor and adult themes that run throughout the book. But it also reminds her of being a kid, she said.
At midnight Friday, the book went on sale.
Books-A-Million celebrated the release with magic shows, face painting, arts and crafts and trivia. Staff members also dressed as characters from the book.
About 400-500 people came to the store, said General Manager Kevin Summerall, who was wearing a name tag that read "Harry Potter."
Summerall said Friday night's line began at the registers, stretched to the back of the store and wrapped around to the store's far wall.
Ryan and Drew Bradshaw, both 8, were at the store until 11:20 p.m. Friday.
Since they were 5, their mother Jeanne Hope Bradshaw has read them the books, but last year they read the first one by themselves.
"It's a little boy adventure," Jeanne said. "They're crazy about hearing another little boy's adventure."
Jeanne said she likes to read the books to her sons because of the vocabulary. She said her sons will constantly ask her what certain words such as "corridor" and "spectacle" mean.
The store received 920 copies of "The Half-Blood Prince" in its first shipment, and presold 700.
Summerall said it is the highest-selling book he has seen come through the store.
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