Harry Potter

A couple of major consumer electronics industry heavy hitters - and Harry Potter, too- will be inducted into the Variety Home Entertainment Hall of Fame this month.

This was a very good summer for CE enthusiasts. In droves, American shoppers lined up, sometimes overnight, to get their hands on new, highly anticipated products, from the final installment of the Harry Potter series to the reloaded rosters of Madden ‘08. But one product release stood out. On a Friday night in late June, the event was so big local TV stations sent photographers in helicopters to get shots of the hundreds who gathered around the entrances of Apple and AT&T stores. Police shut down traffic on Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan to make room for the crowds at the Apple

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