Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince The magic of Harry Potter will descend on select Blockbuster stores across the country tonight, as fans celebrate the midnight release of the box office hit Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Stores in 20 cities will host midnight DVD release parties, giving Harry Potter fans the chance to be among the first to rent or purchase the movie on DVD or Blu-ray when it is released on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Additionally, hundreds of other participating Blockbuster stores across the country will stay open late to accommodate fans looking to be the first to rent or own Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be available for rent or purchase while supplies last at participating Blockbuster stores and online at Blockbuster.com. In addition to the single-disc DVD, Blockbuster will offer two special editions for purchase: a two-disc DVD version and a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, both of which include digital copies of the movies. Participating stores will also carry limited quantities of a special "Harry Potter Years 1-6" gift set in widescreen DVD and Blu-ray formats.

The release parties will be held at the Blockbuster stores below. Fans should contact their local stores for start times and event details.

  • Atlanta: 3944 Peachtree Rd.
  • - Baltimore: 6505 Dobbin Rd., Columbia
  • - Boston: 17 Temple St, Framingham
  • - Charlotte: 5130 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
  • - Chicago: 809 N. Roselle Rd., Roselle
  • - Cleveland: 1205 N. Court St., Medina
  • - Columbus: 397 Stonebridge Ln., Gahanna
  • - Dallas: 6437 Hillcrest Ave.
  • - Denver: 12020 Colorado Blvd., Thornton
  • - Detroit: 15200 Eureka, Southgate
  • - Houston: 225 Cypresswood Dr., Spring
  • - Los Angeles: 10011 Valley View, Cypress
  • - New York: 1253 New Britain Ave, West Hartford
  • - Orlando: 11849 East Colonial Drive
  • - Philadelphia: 500 Route 38 West, Cherry Hill
  • - Phoenix: 3141 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe
  • - Portland: 3955 Southeast Powell Blvd.
  • - San Francisco: 116 Greenhouse Market Place, San Leandro
  • - Seattle: 4715 25th Ave. NE
  • - Tampa: 2133 Collier Pkwy., Land O Lakes

For more information about other stores staying open until midnight for the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince release, customers should contact their local Blockbuster location.