Hollywood, California - J.K. Rowling made an appearance at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California today. She took the stage before an underage-cheering horde of her adoring fans. She was there on a book promotion tour and to lend her support of a literacy campaign for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), the largest in the United States. Although the kids were happy to see her, many complained afterwards of being disappointed.
"J.K. Rowling loves to read to her fans," said a spokesperson for Rowling's publisher. "She particularly misses her American audience since her last visit to the bank."
J.K. Rowling took center stage and entrained a few questions before and after her reading of selected passages for her last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Hundreds of children filling the Kodak Theater sat quietly, listening to her every word that she patiently read aloud to them. Only the children's faces showed signs of increasing disappointment after each passage she read.
"The children were tricked into coming," explained a LAUSD bus driver. "The kids were told that J.K. Rowling was going to read several passage of her alternate endings to the Deathly Hallows. That's was the only way they could get them on the bus."
"Even though she read the ending to us," said Marcia Perez, sixth grader. "It didn't make it any better. It was the same one I already read and that sucked. I mean did she technically kill off Harry Potter, if even for just a few moments, or didn't she?"
J.K. Rowling's publisher then offered to donate 5,000 copies of her final book, but the LAUSD declined the offer.
"We would love to take them," said Bob Smothers, LAUSD school board member. "But we already met our paper recycling quote for the year."
Los Angeles was just J.K. Rowling's first stop of her Open Book Tour that will end later this month. Publishers are hoping her tour of America carefully timed to match up with the Halloween Holiday, an all but a national holiday for Americans, will translate into increased sales of her books based on the same theme of the supernatural.