It’s time to break out those old wizard robes and dust off that wand—Harry Potter release day is almost upon us once more. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will arrive in bookstores the night of July 30.
The new story, in the form of a play that is currently being performed in London’s West End, revolves around Harry and Ginny Weasley’s youngest son, Albus Severus Potter and his friendship with Scorpius Malfoy, the son of Harry’s arch-nemesis, Draco Malfoy. And, of course, the other two parts of the main trio—Ron and Hermione—will make their presence known.
As someone who grew up alongside Harry Potter, the books (and, to a lesser extent, the movies) have meant the world to me. Considering how much the magical world of Harry Potter has become a part of our cultural lexicon, I know I’m certainly not alone in that.
So, whether you want to get your copy at midnight to relive some of those Harry Potter glory days, or to introduce your children to the wonder of midnight release parties, there are plenty of places to do just that in the Baltimore area this Saturday.
The Ivy Bookshop
This Baltimore independent bookstore is partnering with Shenanigans Toy Shop and The Corner Pantry to bring you a magical night of costume prizes, horcrux hunts, delicious snacks and spells.
10 p.m., register/pre-order the book here.
Red Canoe Café and Bookstore
Enjoy snacks and drinks and mingle with your fellow Harry Potter fans at the Red Canoe while waiting for your very own copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, coming your way at midnight.
11 p.m., more information here.
Barnes & Noble
The biggest bookstore chain in the country, with locations in numerous areas around Baltimore, wasn’t about to be left behind in Harry Potter world. These events will feature activities, a “Muggle Wall” for Harry Potter memories and fun giveaways.