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Harry Potter Experience

About a month ago, I had to take a two day trip to Crawfordsville, IN for work. The purpose was to visit the home printing facillities for RR Donnelly. Usually when you visit a printing plant, you go through a medium level of security, checking in with the guard on duty. Signing a sheet of paper and picking up a name badge. But this time, the security was much higher. We had to leave all digital imaging devices including cell phones and cameras at the front desk and our computer bags and ladies purses were searched. We were asked if we had any weapons and had to sign an agreement we would not venture into certain areas.

While on the tour, we were shown to an area where an interesting orange and red dust jacket was being printed and packed with the interior boards for hard covers and spine. Then further back the book itself was being printed and was being heavily guarded.

I'd seen this kind of security before when Donnelly in Willard, OH was printing the souvenier books for the most recent set of Star Wars movies.

When asked what book was being printed, our plant rep responded it was a book by a famous British author that was soon to be in high demand, Wink wink nudge nudge. If that left any question at all as to the identity of the book in question, the heavy security hallway we passed through to get to that section of the plant had thick glass display cases which featured all the previous Harry Potter books including some very rare large print, leather bound volumes I'm sure a collector would kill for.

Add to this the fact that Donnelly told us recently they could not print any of our books at Crawfordsville because they were printing thousands of copies of the newest Harry Potter all month. So why the morning news shows this morning kept claiming it was a rumor that Harry Potter was being printed at the Crawfordsville plant, is a mystery. Donnelly has been the official US printer for all the Harry Potter books so it should be no big secret that they would print the last one at their flagship facility.

And no we didn't get a souvenier copy.



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 18th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
THat wasn't nice of them ot to give you a copy!! LOL I can't wait for the book. I hope no one ruins it I plan to stay away from the net until I read it LOL
Jul. 18th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Some idiot took digital pix of the final pages and is posting them around the net I hear. I've actually never read any of the books. Not my genre for reading. But I do like the films.

Jul. 19th, 2007 12:33 am (UTC)
I have a friend that lives, eats and breathes Harry Potter. She'd die for a sniff of that plant LMAO...I've never read it either. Saw part of one of the movies.
Jul. 19th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the series exists because it encourages more people, especially kids to read.

Jul. 25th, 2007 06:48 am (UTC)
And it's worldwide "Pottermania." I flew out on Sunday, the day after the release and the number of people--people, not just kids (the majority were adults) with their nose stuck into that book, myself included. There were only a few from St. Louis to LA with the book on the plane but from LA to Auckland, half the people on board had it. It was becoming more and more comical by the minute. By the time I got to Melbourne, it was peak time of the day for travel and damn near everyone sitting in the lounges, cafe's etc. had their faces buried in that book.

Just astonishing to me. I knew it was going to be big...but good grief....

And you ask me, all the hype was for nothing. I wasn't all that impressed. Quite dissapointing (Yes, I'm a HP fan...lol).
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