Northern Nevadans will have a choice of celebrations when the new Harry Potter book is released at midnight Saturday. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne is the first new book in the series since 2007. Will the old fans come out this time, or have they moved on (grown up)? Will new fans appear?
Note that Barnes & Noble will have additional Harry Potter activities all day Sunday for those who want more after the midnight celebrations. Here are the events I know about; if you let me know about any others I’ll update this.
Grassroots Books activities start at 10 p.m. Saturday. You’re invited to dress in your House colors or as your favorite character. Don’t know your House? Try on the Sorting Hat.
Copies of the book will be released promptly at midnight. You can pre-order yours at 40 percent off the retail price by going into the store or calling (775) 828-2665.
Sundance Books and Music
The Sundance event begins at 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The store has been holding the midnight Harry Potter celebrations since the early days of the series. “Each of the midnight events has been a little different,” said Sundance owner Christine Kelly. “We’ve had all the different characters.” This year’s will include Harry Potter-themed refreshments and activities.
Barnes & Noble, Reno
Barnes & Noble’s party, which begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, will feature giveaways and activities such as a special Muggle Wall where customers can share their favorite memories of Harry Potter. They can also enter the Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints Sweepstakes for a chance to win a set of seven Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints, available exclusively at B&N.
Another event will begin at B&N at 9 a.m. Sunday for anyone who misses the midnight party or who has already read the book and wants to talk about it. Related events and activities will continue all day.