Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Events

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming out this weekend! We gathered all the release parties and events happening in New York City celebrating this long awaited play. Check out the events below.

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD MIDNIGHT BOOK RELEASE!!

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July 30: 8:00PM July 31: 12:45AM
Have you been a Harry Potter fan since day one? Did you sink into a deep depression after you finished the epilogue of book 7? Then today is your day.

Join us at Strand to celebrate the MIDNIGHT RELEASE of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & II, which–for those of you not on Pottermore–is the continuation of Harry’s story as a wizard and as a father after his kids have started at Hogwarts. Hop in line at 8pm on Saturday 7/30, and hang out with HP devotees while competing in trivia, winning prizes, and geeking out about our old friend Harry–costumes are encouraged! We’ll also have a state-of-the-art photobooth from OM Digital to commemorate this magical night, and treats to eat from Fat Witch.

At 10:30pm after the store closes, we will move the line inside.

When the clock strikes midnight and it’s Harry’s birthday, you’ll all receive your books! We will not accept any new members to the line after 12:45am on Sunday 7/31/16.

A few things to note: You must purchase your copy of the book before getting in line; you may do so by clicking the link below, or by placing your order at the store and holding on to your receipt (which will be your ticket to the event).  Your purchase only reserves your book, not your place in line. As such, the first people in line will be the first to receive the book. It’s going to be a blast!

Get in line outside Strand to get your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & IIThe line will start at 8PM. The book is $29.99. We recommend you purchase your book online in advance to reserve a copy.  Payment is required at the time of purchase from the website–please do not select “pay when you pick up,” as these orders will not be fulfilled.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Midnight Launch Party

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Saturday, July 30th, 8:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Books of Wonder is proud to host a midnight launch party for the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If you’ve been to one of our previous midnight launches, you know you’ll be in for a night you’ll never forget!

What can you expect to see and find at our Midnight Launch Party?

1. Costumes!
Everyone is encouraged to come dressed up as their favorite Harry Potter character

2. A HOST OF EXCLUSIVE FREE PREMIUMS!
– For every hardcover Harry Potter title purchased the night of the event (or pre-ordered for pick-up that night or shipping), you will receive:
1) a FREE set of 8 full color quality prints showing the covers of each of the 7 novels and the new play
2) a FREE full-color holographic Harry Potter bookmark
3) a FREE Harry Potter lightning bolt temporary tattoo
4) a FREE Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them decals
– Anyone purchasing TWO or more hardcover Harry Potter titles will also receive a FREE full-color Harry Potter mug, featuring images of Harry from the covers of book 1 and book 7.

3. Prizes!
Every customer who purchases a Harry Potter book the evening of the big event will also receive a ticket to draw a prize from the “Books of Wonder Sorting Hat.” Our Sorting Hat will be filled with tokens, each marked with a code that corresponds to a different prize. There will be many different prizes, such as sets of Harry Potter bookmarks, tattoos, buttons, key chains, mugs, posters and more. The Grand Prize is a first US printing of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – SIGNED BY J.K. ROWLING & MARY GRANDPRE!

4. Entertainment!
– Magician Brandon K. Williams and his “Suit & Tie Magic” will be performing up-close magic.
Richard Torres will be on hand to stroll the crow performing his own brand of up-close magic.
Justin Wood Circus will be juggling balls, pins, blocks, spinning plates, as well as performing with Devil Sticks and Diabolo.
– Illusionist Allen He will perform close-up magic.
Kent Axell will perform astonishing feats of mind reading, influence, and magic.
Facepainter Brie will paint the faces of our young guests.

5. OWLS!
The Takapausha Museum & Preserve will be bringing 3 live owls — an Eagle Owl, a Grey Phase Owl, and a Barn Owl — to delight our guests. There will be handlers with the owls who will answer questions about these magnificent birds and you’ll be able to get right up close with them, but please note, owls are wild animals and cannot be touched or handled by event attendees.

The store will close at 6pm and reopen at 8pm for the midnight party. Starting at 8pm, customers can purchase their copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. You will receive a voucher for any purchase made before midnight. At midnight, you will be able to exchange your voucher for your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. WE WILL NOT START HANDING OUT VOUCHERS UNTIL WE REOPEN AT 8PM. However, you can pre-order books in store that day.

We urge you to pre-order your books in advance of our event! By pre-ordering your books, you can skip the long line of those paying for their books that evening and just get your vouchers and packet, which will be waiting for you at the front desk.

Let us know if you’re coming by RSVPing on Facebook.
**Event time subject to change

BK: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD Midnight Release Party (co-presented by Villain and Hypable.com)

HP BKThis event takes place at Villain LLC and is co-presented by Hypable.com

Calling all Brooklyn Harry Potter lovers. We are throwing a PARTY with our Williamsburg friends Villain LLC. Relive the Midnight Releases of your youth, but this time, WITH BOOZE!‪ ‎Butterbeer‬ and other HP themed drinks will be available for purchase.

The event is all-ages but we will be IDing at the door (under 21 attendees will not be served). Come join your fellow Harry Potter fans for a fun-filled evening as you eagerly await the next installment of Harry Potter. All tickets include 1 copy of the book to be handed out at the exact moment the clock strikes 12AM. Have a slice of Harry’s birthday cake, sip a few beverages and nibble on some sugary goodies.

Fine Print: All tickets are non-refundable. Each person must have a ticket to enter (exceptions for children under the age of 12, who can accompany an adult ticket holder. Each adult ticket holder can bring a maximum of one child under the age of 12).

Purchasing the book guarantees you entry to the Harry Potter Midnight Release Party on July 30th at Villain LLC (50 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11249)

Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party

Barnes and Nobles (multiple locations)
Saturday July 30, 2016 8:00 PM

Join us for a special Countdown to Midnight Party leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two, a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale 7/31 at midnight. The party will feature a special Muggle Wall where customers can share their favorite memories of Harry Potter as well as amazing giveaways and fun activities!

Special Instructions:
Customers can also enter the Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints Sweepstakes for a chance to win a set of 7 Harry Potter Limited Edition Cover Prints, available exclusively at B&N. Ask a bookseller for complete details and Official Rules.

Barnes and Nobles (multiple locations)
Sunday July 31, 2016 9:00 AM

If you missed our midnight party, or if you read the book and now want to talk about it, join us all day for events and activities as we celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Quote of the Week

As Graduation season comes to a close, read quotes from Commencement Addresses given by bestselling author, JK Rowling, and President Barack Obama

 

 

Below is an excerpt from the speech that JK Rowling gave to the 2008 graduating class of Harvard University:

“The knowledge that you have emerged wiser and stronger from setbacks means that you are, ever after, secure in your ability to survive. You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won, and it has been worth more than any qualification I ever earned.”

Click here to watch a video of Rowling’s Commencement Address.   

 

 

The following is a quote from President Obama’s speech, delivered last week at Morehouse College’s commencement ceremonies:

Dr. King was just 15 years old when he enrolled here at Morehouse.  He was an unknown, undersized, unassuming young freshman who lived at home with his parents.  And I think it’s fair to say he wasn’t the coolest kid on campus — for the suits he wore, his classmates called him “Tweed.”  But his education at Morehouse helped to forge the intellect, the discipline, the compassion, the soul force that would transform America.  It was here that he was introduced to the writings of Gandhi and Thoreau, and the theory of civil disobedience.  It was here that professors encouraged him to look past the world as it was and fight for the world as it should be.  And it was here, at Morehouse, as Dr. King later wrote, where “I realized that nobody…was afraid.”

Click here to read the President’s full Commencement Address.

 

To read more about and watch videos of other graduation speeches, visit the Policymic article: “Graduation 2013: 8 Best Graduation Speeches of All Time”.

IN THE NEWS: Winning Scores for Casual Vacancy and Industry Debuts

Older Harry Potter fans will be happy to learn that J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel since the wizarding series, The Casual Vacancy was at the top of Publishers Weekly Bestseller List.  With a #1 Debut, Rowling’s novel beat the E.L. James Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon and Mark Owen’s No Easy Day by over 90,000 purchased copies.  Casual Vacancy generated lots of publicity, not just for its magically famous author, but for the circumstances surrounding its publication, like nondisclosure agreements.  According to a Publishers Weekly article by Louisa Ermelino, Casual Vacancy had an initial print run of 2 million copies from its Little Brown publisher. 

 

The following video is of JK Rowling’s recent appearance on The Daily Show, where she discussed her personal view on American politics with Jon Stewart. Click here to watch the full interview. 

 

 

Rowling’s success proves that print publishing is not being totally overpowered by e-books, despite the flux of sales statistics within the past two years.  She had the third biggest print opening of 2012, according to Nielsen BookScan and 375,000 copies in its first six days on sale in different formats.  Gabe Habash notes other authors who have seen print debut success in a Publishers Weekly article, including Charlaine Harris and Nora Roberts.  In 2011, Harris’ Deadlocked sold 77,913 copies in its first week on sale, while Roberts’s recent The Last Boyfriend release sold over 80,000 copies duringits initial release week last May.  

 

In terms of statistics, the publishing industry had more successful titles in 2011 than 2012, but it may go without saying that the attention this year’s releases have earned is near unparalleled.  Habash believes that the November releases of Janet Evanovich’s Notorious Nineteen, and Jeff Kinney’s The Third Wheel as two of the titles that may increase 2012’s print sales.  It is also interesting to read that Nielsen BookScan’s lists Stephen King’s new title, The Wind Through the Keyhole, had only a 59,099 print debut.  Does this number disparity signify a change in trade book trends and a new wave of bestselling-author-staples-names?  The indsutry will simply have to wait and see how the success of print runs progresses and if Rowling’s return to Number 1 is Casual or long-term.