I was out shopping today (Sunday) and I was surprised by something. I worked Saturday but I had already decided that even if I had been off I was going to avoid any bookstores (which would have been an inconvenience because if I had been off, I would have been in NYC) because I anticipated large crowds of people lining up to buy the final Harry Potter book.
But today, I was in three different stores that were selling the book (a WalMart, a Barnes & Noble, and a comic book store) and I saw that all of them had the book for sale with no special attention. They just had normal displays with no crowd or anything. Anyone who wanted to could pick up a copy and read it in the store or buy it to take home - neither of which I actually observed anyone doing.
So, what is the deal? Was it that fans are so fanatic that they all bought their copies literally on the first day and nobody waited a day? Or is it that sales were over-hyped and the book is actually selling at normal non-frenzied levels?