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Potter Parties: Local stores, libraries celebrate release of series' eighth installment

Posted July 26
Updated July 27

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is set for its big release this Sunday. Muggles around the world are gearing up for this eighth installment of the wildly popular series.

"Cursed Child" is a bit different from the original books. It's not a novel, but a stage play written by J.K. Rowling, along with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. The play, which follows the series 19 years after the final book, will officially debut in London's West End theater district this weekend.

Of course, to mark the big occasion, libraries and book stores are lining up to host special events. (Be sure to check my Q&A with a local Harry Potter expert, who came out with her own book this week and has traveled across the country and to the United Kingdom for academic and fan conventions).

Here's what's happening around the Triangle:

Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh will host a Potter party from 10 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, at its new and permanent location in North Hills. Wear your best wizarding attire, meet some guest snakes and owls, enjoy music from some Potter-inspired musicians and more. The party is free if you purchase a copy of the book from Quail Ridge.

The Regulator Bookshop in Durham will host a midnight release party. It starts at 11:30 p.m., Saturday, with a costume party. Books go on sale at midnight. You can either buy it that night or pre-order it now.

Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill will host a Midnight Release Party from 10 p.m., Saturday, to 1 a.m., Sunday. You must pre-order and pre-pay for your copy of the "Cursed Child" to get the book on the release date. The evening will include snacks, butter beer, a birthday cake for Harry (his birthday is July 31, after all), a costume contest, activities and, I'm sure, a lot of frenzied reading as soon as the clock strikes 12:01 a.m.

Barnes & Noble stores across the Triangle will host Harry Potter events on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Barnes & Noble's website has all of the details. Susan Sipal, the local author I featured earlier this week, will be presenting and signing her book at the Harry Potter Countdown to Midnight Magic Party, 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, at the New Hope Commons Barnes and Noble in Durham.

Wake County Libraries will host a Teen Potter Party from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, at nine regional libraries across the county. Teens can make a wand and try their hand at other wizarding challenges. Registration is requested for these.

Southwest Regional Library in Durham will host a Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt through Sunday. Just drop by the children's desk to get started. No registration required.

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