Jul 29, 2016 - Things to Do

How to celebrate the release of the new Harry Potter in Charlotte

photo via BroadwayWorld

Harry Potter represents my childhood. I remember that at the release of each addition to the series, I would stay up to try and read the entire book (only making it a few chapters before passing out). I would yell at my friends who had finished before me, not wanting any spoilers. And I wasn’t the only one.

Potter fever is real.

photo via Hypable
photo via Hypable

We cried at Dumbledore’s death, rejoiced in Harry’s victories, laughed along with Ron’s misfortunes, and questioned Professor Snape’s intentions. To many, Harry Potter is more than just a book.

And so, when I heard that JK Rowling was releasing an addition to the Harry Potter story, I was pretty excited.

Officially the eighth story in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play about Harry’s life 19 years later.

The play will premier in London on July 30. But you can also choose to read the script- which is available in print July 31.

Here are three places where you can celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

2nd and Charles

Where: 5331 South Blvd

When: Saturday, July 30

Kids activities start at 2 p.m. with wand making, coloring, potions class, and house sorting. There will also be a horcruxe hunt throughout the store.

At 9 p.m., the midnight release party officially starts with a costume contest, trivia, and Quidditch tournament.

Preorder your copy at 2nd $ Charles and get a $10 gift card. Use the voucher to claim the book at midnight.

Barnes and Noble

Where: 4020 Sharon Road or 3327 Pineville-Matthews Road

When: Saturday, July 30

Both Barnes and Noble locations are hosting a countdown to midnight release party. Starting at 8 p.m., there will be tons of Harry Potter activities like board games, face painting, cupcake decorating, and maybe a social media contest.

The Queen City Harry Potter Alliance is going to be helping out at the Morrison Barnes and Noble location- so there are sure to be some true die-hard fans there.

Pre order the book here.

Imaginon- The Joe and Joan Martin Center

Where: 300 E Seventh Street

When: Friday, July 29

Starting at 10 a.m., there will be a Harry Potter movie marathon in preparation for the release.

Get excited, Charlotte. The gang’s back together.

photo via bustle
photo via bustle

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