June 20, 2007 at 08:30 AM EDT
Barnes & Noble Hosts the World's Largest Costume Party
More Than 700 Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide to Host Midnight Magic Costume Parties on July 20 to Celebrate the Publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the worlds largest bookseller, today announced that more than 700 Barnes & Noble stores across the country will host Midnight Magic Costume Parties on Friday, July 20. Stores will remain open late and sell the seventh and final book in J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at the stroke of midnight, when it officially goes on sale.

Barnes & Noble welcomes Harry Potter fans to come dressed as their favorite Harry Potter characters and enjoy a magical evening filled with enchanting activities, spellbinding prizes, photo opportunities, unique items for sale and the chance to be among the first to take Harry home. To find the Midnight Magic Costume Party near you, please visit www.bn.com/midnightmagic.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will sell for $20.99, 40 percent off the list price of $34.99. Barnes & Noble Members can buy the book for $18.89, a savings of 46 percent. The compact disc and audiocassettes for the unabridged book will also be available. Customers can order the book at any Barnes & Noble store or online at Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com).

Join the excitement at the worlds largest Harry Potter costume party and be one of the first to get your hands on the last book of this enormously popular series at Barnes & Nobles nationwide Midnight Magic Costume Parties.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the worlds largest bookseller and a Fortune 500 company, operates 793 bookstores in 50 states. For the fourth year in a row, the company is the nations top bookseller brand, as determined by a brands overall strength based on its combination of familiarity, quality and purchase intent, according to the EquiTrend® Brand Study by Harris Interactive®. Barnes & Noble conducts its online business through Barnes & Noble.com (www.bn.com), one of the Webs largest e-commerce sites.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained via the Internet by visiting the company's corporate Web site: http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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