Harry Potter fans likely haven’t heard the phrase “midnight book release party” in quite some time – since 2007, to be exact! But with the news of a book edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play hitting store shelves on July 31st, book stores around the world are hard at work planning midnight celebrations!
A new tool developed by Harry Potter publisher Scholastic allows North American fans to enter their zip code in order to discover book stores in their area hosting book release events. Thousands of stores around the country, ranging from big chains to independent shops, are hosting celebrations, so there’s bound to be a party in your neck of the woods!
Here’s how Scholastic describes the special book edition of the Cursed Child play script:
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne,Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Midnight release parties not your thing? You can pre-order the book on Amazon for less than $18 and it’ll arrive at your door on the day it releases!