Among the many updates to the Potterverse these days is the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play officially opens with a gala on Saturday in London, but for those of us who can't get across the pond, the script releases soon thereafter.
In anticipation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2, which drops on Sunday (also author J.K. Rowling's birthday), seven area Barnes & Noble bookstores are having a Countdown to Midnight Party, starting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Locations celebrating include stores in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa (Dale Mabry and Carrollwood locations), Brandon, Wesley Chapel and Sarasota.
Books-A-Million stores are having a Harry Potter Midnight Release Party starting at 2 p.m. The five greater Tampa Bay area locations are in Lakeland, Brandon, Port Richey, Bradenton and Sarasota.
The special, rehearsal edition script of the play written by Jack Thorne is based on the new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Thorne.
The B&N party will feature a special Muggle Wall where customers can share their favorite memories of Harry Potter, and there will also be giveaways. On Sunday, return to discuss the new book and participate in special Harry Potter-themed events and activities at Barnes & Noble.
Books-A-Million festivities Saturday feature trivia contests, scavenger hunts and wand crafts and before the official countdown starts at 9 p.m. with Sorting Hat ceremonies and costume contests.
As difficult as it was for fans to try to let go of author J.K. Rowling's beloved books about the boy wizard — and the enormous pop culture phenomenon that surrounded them — it was even harder for Rowling herself.
Indeed, she just couldn't do it. In 2007 she declared that she was ending Harry's story with Deathly Hallows, the seventh novel in the hugely bestselling series (more than 450 million copies worldwide). Since then she has written a political satire titled The Casual Vacancy and three fine crime fiction novels under the pen name Robert Galbraith. But all along, Rowling has continued to write about and expand the fantasy world she so convincingly created starting in 1997.
And this year we're seeing an explosion of Rowling's wizarding world: a new play continuing Harry's story, a new book released Sunday that is the script of that play (click here for local midnight release celebrations), an upcoming movie that serves as a prequel of sorts to his saga, the revelation on Rowling's website Pottermore of a global network of other schools like Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and the opening of a second Wizarding World at Universal Studios Hollywood.
The state of the Potterverse is, in a word, robust. Read the Full Story...