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Special delivery
Preordered Potter books delivered to eager fans

LAWRENCEVILLE - When Beth Kinsinger heard her dog barking Saturday morning, she had a feeling, a hopeful suspicion, her Harry Potter book had arrived.

After all, she'd been waiting more than two years for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" to come out so she could find out what happens to the boy wizard in the conclusion to J.K. Rowling's popular series.

"I'm so excited," the 29-year-old Lawrenceville resident said. "I feel like a little kid."

Kinsinger said she read all six of the previous Harry Potter books again in anticipation of the seventh book being released Saturday at 12:01 a.m. Kinsinger expects to have the 784-page book finished by Monday morning.

Kinsinger was not the only fan who had ordered the book through amazon.com and was awaiting its delivery Saturday.

Shawna Wilson, a 10-year-old from Lawrenceville, was grinning ear-to-ear when her copy was brought to her door by postman Robert Allan.

Wilson had already checked the Internet early in the morning to see when her book would arrive. She was disappointed because she thought it had been shipped by amazon.com on Saturday and wouldn't arrive for several more days.

It was a pleasant surprise when the book showed up earlier than she expected.

"Here I am, holding the precious book I've been waiting on for a week," Wilson said.

For Allan, who delivered seven Harry Potter books on his mail route Saturday morning, it was exciting to see a kid like Wilson thrilled about his arrival.

"She was fired up," Allan said. "That was pretty cool."

A number of people chose to have their books delivered to them by the U.S. Postal Service and the United Parcel Service after ordering through amazon.com. In fact, Gwinnett had five cities in the top 100 "Harry-est Town in America" contest - which ranked cities according to the most copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" sold per capita. Suwanee (No. 26), Norcross (No. 40), Loganville (No. 72), Lawrenceville (No. 79) and Lilburn (No. 88) all made the final list.

Kevin Tan was one of those fans who chose to have the book delivered to his door rather than go to a midnight party at a local bookstore.

"There was stuff in the news about some people who wanted to spoil the ending by driving by and yelling out what happens," said Tan, a 20-year-old Lawrenceville resident. "I wanted to avoid all that."

But a good number of fans did turn out to Gwinnett bookstores for Harry Potter parties on Friday night. An employee at the Borders in Snellville estimated over 1,000 people turned out to the party at that store. An employee at the Barnes and Noble in Duluth said over 500 people attended their party.