Attention, Potterheads! J.K. Rowling’s newest tome, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I II,” releases July 31, and fans throughout South Florida are celebrating.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is the eighth book in the series and takes place 19 years later. Potter is now a father of three young children and a stressed-out Ministry of Magic employee. The book is also being presented as a stage play that premieres in London’s West End July 30.
The Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave., is having its Harry Potter celebration from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 1.
“I’m a big Harry Potter fan,” said Erin Broemel, the library’s educational programs and volunteer manager. “The books really have such a huge audience,” she said. “I remember a lot of grandparents checking the previous Potter books out. ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is slated to be the largest and most anticipated book release of Potter to date.”
At the library’s event, guests can sample Butterbeer, create Potter-inspired crafts, pose in a photo booth, participate in trivia, play games and dress as their favorite Harry Potter character for the costume party to win prizes such as a copy of the new book.
“We are also doing a lot of giveaways,” Broemel said. “We have everything from Harry Potter’s glasses to bookmarks to give away. It’s going to be such a fun event. We will also be showing ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ from 5 until 7:30 p.m.”
There has been plenty of buzz about the new book.
“We have a really large following of people asking about this book,” Broemel said. “What I enjoy most about the Potter books is that J.K. Rowling was able to bring us all into this wonderful, immersive world that transcends all ages and backgrounds. These books are truly magical.”
And people are passionate about their Potter books.
“Over a decade ago I remember being single, in my apartment, in a new city, at a new job and voraciously reading the newest Harry Potter book that came out,” said Boca Raton resident Shivani Gupta. “I only got up to reheat more slices of pizza from a large pizza I got Friday night. I didn’t leave my place or eat anything other than pizza. I have the same plan this time. New Harry Potter books are too delicious to put down.”
Luca Boccia, also of Boca Raton, said Harry Potter books introduced him to a lifelong love of reading.
“Harry Potter really is my childhood,” he said. “I really feel like I grew up with Harry. I was 17 when I read the last book, which was the same age as Harry.
IF YOU GO
Many bookstores are having special events, including the Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Party at all Barnes Noble stores starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and the Midnight Release Party at Books Books in Coral Gables starting at 10:30 p.m. Saturday night. Barnes Noble also has an all-day Harry Potter Celebration on Sunday, July 31.
Libraries are getting in on the action with celebrations Saturday afternoon at the West Boynton Beach Library and the Glades Road Branch Library in Boca Raton. The Miami-Dade Main Library is even staying open late for a free Midnight Book Release Party starting at 7:30 p.m. at the library at 101 W. Flagler St. in Miami.
The Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Ave., is having its Harry Potter celebration from 3 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1.
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