Y’all. July 30 & 31, 2016 are going to be EPIC. I could not be more thrilled to get another installment of my favorite book series of all time this coming Saturday night. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, the official script book featuring the continuation of the Harry Potter story that will be performed on London’s West End later this year, will be available in Books-A-Million stores nationwide at midnight on July 31, 2016. What good is a book release this big if there’s not a party, right? Don’t worry, Books-A-Millions has got you covered! Check out how you can join in the festivities below:
To celebrate the countdown to the latest chapter of this spellbinding saga, Books-A-Million is hosting a Harry Potter Midnight Release Party on Saturday, July 30 at all store locations! Festivities begin at 2 p.m. and include Harry Potter trivia contests, Marauder’s Map scavenger hunts, wand crafts and more before the official countdown event starts at 9 p.m. with Sorting Hat ceremonies, costume contests and other Potter-themed activities.
“With an extensive community of multi-generation followers since the series’ start in 1998, the ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ release is undoubtedly the biggest book launch of the year,” said Sandra Wilson, Senior Book Buyer and Vice President of Merchandising at Books-A-Million. “We’re looking forward to celebrating the monumental debut with devoted fans of all ages, and to once again revel in the literary magic of Harry Potter!”
Fans who are eager to get their hands on the anticipated eighth installment can reserve a copy by purchasing a pre-order voucher at any store location now through July 30 or online at www.booksamillion.com for home delivery.
Starting at 2 p.m. on July 30, shoppers can take part in magical festivities throughout the day in honor of the epic book release, including Harry Potter-themed story time activities, coloring stations, trivia contests, Marauder’s Map scavenger hunts and wand crafts. The official countdown party will begin at 9 p.m., with various interactive activity stations to enjoy leading up to the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The event will feature Sorting Hat ceremonies and costume contests, so fans are encouraged to don their best Hogwarts robes with brooms and wands in tow. Attendees will even receive an exclusive swag bag filled with spellbinding goodies.
The Harry Potter Midnight Release Party is free to attend and open to the public. Only customers who have secured a pre-order voucher for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will have first access to their copy at midnight. Vouchers will be available during the countdown event in stores. Pre-orders can also be purchased online at booksamillion.com for home delivery. For more information, visit booksamillion.com/harrypotter.
I began reading this series in high school and finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as a sophomore in college, so Harry and the crew have been part of my life for many, many years now. When I feel like my kids are ready to make the journey to Hogwarts with me, I’ll bring them along for the ride too.
The story of Harry Potter is one that transcends age because we all can learn from and relate to the themes of friendship, kindness, love standing up for your beliefs, making difficult choices, forgiveness, and so many other great themes JK Rowling’s writing takes us through.Did you “grow up” with Harry, Ron, and Hermione like me? Will you be in line at midnight to get a copy of this new installment in the series? I’d love to know if you’ll be joining me! Send me a message on Facebook, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet me! I’ll be at a Birmingham Books-A-Million (obviously), so if you’re in the area I’d love to hang with you!