Harry Potter books

The first and easiest way to begin to understand the love Utahns have for Harry Potter and the wizarding world is to start at the beginning. As J.K. Rowling’s books caught on, each new release became more and more of a big deal, with local bookstores launching midnight release parties featuring trivia and costume contests, Harry Potter-themed food and beverages and, of course, the chance to snag a first copy of the new book. Despite the high cost of such hardcover Harry Potter bliss, many families ended up purchasing multiple copies of the books as they debuted, with family members staying up all night to read the new novels. Though not just particular to Utah, it’s no surprise Utahns were a part of the hullaballoo.