Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Advantages of Living in Edinburgh

J.K. Rowling's new book, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" was released today. I was under the misconception that the midnight release was scheduled for tonight, and I missed it. Through my adamant googling abilities, I discovered that she was holding a tea party at the National Library of Scotland--right down the street from my office! I called the library to inquire about Joanne's whereabouts.

I'm sure I sounded crazy.
"Um, hi. I'm just curious...Is J.K. Rowling, uh, holding a tea party at the library today?"

After being transferred numerous times and being placed on hold, I spoke with the most helpful employee who informed me that her next press event was being held at the Advocate's Court on the Royal Mile. Right down the street. Dalaney and I left work to wait in the freezing outdoors. Eventually the paparazzi showed up and we knew we were in the right place. We huddled together with about 5 other university aged girls representing the local, non-profit Harry Potter Alliance. It was priceless.
I'm going straight to Waterstone's after work to purchase my personal, beloved copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I love Scotland!


RJAbel said...

I love that you stalked Jo Rowling.

I'd forgotten about The Tale of Beedle the Bard coming out and I'm getting ready to go to my local wal mart to purchase that and scub pants (for a school presentation).

you're missed (and i've missed our email pal relationship).

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

You little stalker you. How fun. So, what is this new book about? I am in dire need of a good read! (ha - that rhymes). Can't wait to see you soon!

Love you ~ Manda

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Dani said...

hannah shirley i love you. and i don't know HOW you manage to see all kinds of famous people. seriously, you should write a blog about all of the famous people you have seen. i would love it. you look even cuter than i remember ps. please come home quickly. i know i said this already, but i love you.

Jenny Boo Boo said...

You have an amazing life. I'm going to meet that woman one day too. We're going to be BFF... after you of course. I updated my blog a bit.

Clay Diffrient said...

You got to see her in the flesh? Wow, that is like way cool. If you keep having all these amazing events/experiences how are all us ordinary people going to catch up?

Audrey said...

I don't know if you remember how Harry Potter obsessed I am. But if you don't, let me just say that I am so extraordinarily jealous of you and your sighting of The one and only JKR, that I could SCREAM!!!! And I am kind of tempted to fly to Scotland. But seriously, you are so lucky! And your random meeting with the Harry Potter Alliance people- I totally know about them! They are affiliated with, which is only the best website ever!!! So anyway, keep me posted on any other Harry Potter associated occurrences!

Hilton said...

So cool.You could be a paparazzi if the world traveling thing doesn't work out. We miss you and look forward to having you in the States for Christmas!

Kaitlin said...

UM>....HANNAH SHIRLEY....we need to hang out ASAP....please me or come to my apartment or least lunch date....i missed you and still miss your awesomeness... I LOVE me NOW..!!

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