The Harry Potter series continues this summer with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child--Parts I & II (Scholastic), a stage play written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany; it's the first new installment in the Harry Potter series in nine years. Cursed Child goes on sale July 31, and in Harry Potter tradition, many independent booksellers around the country are planning midnight release parties.
Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Mo., is hosting the "Party That Shall Not Be Named" on July 30. Doors open at 10 p.m., and the ticketed event will feature costume contests, face painting, Hogwarts House sorting, Harry Potter trivia, a scavenger hunt and complimentary butterbeer and actual beer for adults.
Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville, Ill., meanwhile, is hosting "The Return of the Party That Shall Not Be Named," and promises an evening full of fun Harry Potter activities.
Main Point Books is moving this summer from Bryn Mawr, Pa., to a bigger location in nearby Wayne, and the store's grand reopening event will be a midnight release party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
At Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C., Harry Potter fans will be able to celebrate the release of Cursed Child with a special Flourish & Blotts themed quiz, magical food and drink options, a wand-making station and a costume contest. There will also be a raffle for those who pre-ordered copies of the book.
During the hours leading up to midnight on July 30, Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, Mass., will offer snacks, Harry Potter trivia and "other assorted hoopla" for attending readers. Two other Massachusetts indies, Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley and Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, will also be hosting midnight Cursed Child parties.
In Raleigh, N.C., Quail Ridge Books encourages Harry Potter fans to show up in costume, and staff members will be dressed as their favorite characters.
At Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, Calif., the festivities will include a Horcrux scavenger hunt, a Pensive raffle, face painting, a green screen photo booth, temporary tattoos, team trivia, a live snake demonstration and more.
And Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, N.J., will be bringing in The Cursed Child with a night of games and snacks. --Alex Mutter