Wands at the ready: ‘Cursed Child’ gets midnight release party at BookPeople

It’s been nine years since we’ve looked forward to one of these, Potterheads.

07-20-07 Laura Skelding AMERICAN-STATESMAN Keita Bryce, 10, sits under the Sorting Hat at the BookPoeple Harry Potter party on Friday night in Austin. Harry Potter fans celebrate the release of the last Harry Potter book by dressing up in costume and waiting until midnight for the release of the book. Judy Jones, center and Deblina Movlik, employees of BookPeople help out with the sorting hat. ORG XMIT:

Keita Bryce, 10, sits under the Sorting Hat at the BookPeople Harry Potter book release in 2007. Laura Skelding/American-Statesman.

We had given up hope that there would ever be another occasion to don our robes and wield our wands alongside others who waited years for their Hogwarts letter. But with the release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” BookPeople is giving us that long-awaited chance.

Prepare to have the emotional range of a teaspoon as we get one more shot at a midnight book release party.

Deliriously excited teenagers (my friends and me) with fresh, unread copies of “Deathly Hallows” at midnight on July 21, 2007.

The printed version of the new play by Jack Thorne (based on an original new story by the magical J.K. Rowling) will be released to the public on July 31. Gather at BookPeople at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 30 to celebrate and countdown to midnight, when we can finally purchase a copy, rush home and, if you’re just as sane as I am, finish it before the sun comes up.

We don’t know much about the event right now, but BookPeople is calling it a “big party.” In the past, the bookstore’s release parties have included fire dancers, a sorting ceremony and plenty of costumes. Will this one have butterbeer? A game of Quidditch? Celebrity appearances?? (A girl can dream.) We do hope there’s cake to celebrate Harry Potter & J.K. Rowling’s birthdays at midnight, too!

Rest assured, fellow fanatics, we’ll update you as details are released (because we’re too excited to keep them to ourselves). In the meantime, “Don’t let the muggles get you down.”


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