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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Cast Appearance - The Next Harry Potter?

Over the weekend I attended a cast appearance for the film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief at a local Borders. I didn't know much about the series of books that are now transferring to the silver screen except for what I've seen in trailers and such, and that has only been in the past few weeks. I've heard the sayings that it could be the next Harry Potter and this past weekend only solidified that statement.

Scheduled to make an appearance/signing was the main cast of the film; Logan Lerman as Percy Jackson, Brandon T. Jackson as Grover Underwood, and Alexandra Daddario as Annabeth Chase. They were set to appear around 4:00 with activities and games beforehand starting at 2:00. Thing is, no one cared about the games; they all wanted to see the cast. 

This was taken way before any celebrities showed up. So much for the fun and games. Those who wanted to get an autograph or photo with the cast were required to have wristbands. Different colors signified what group you were in. Those who were in the first group arrived at the bookstore before it even opened! There was no doubt that this would be madness.

When the cast finally did arrive a little after 4:00, the crowd erupted in excitement and high pitched screaming. Mind you there were some adults there too, and no, these folks didn't have kids with them. After a quick Q&A about the film, it was time to form an orderly line and get your book, poster, etc. signed. Ha, yeah right...

I managed to make my way though the sea of people and grab a few good photos (and a whole lot of bad ones). It was quite an experience and I can only imagine that it's possible that Percy Jackson will be the next Harry Potter. The film comes out this week with Valentine's Day and The Wolfman so we'll see how it stacks up against the competition. Be sure to check back for a full review later this week as well.