Get ready to don your wizarding finest and party like it’s 2007 – meaning, of course, heading to your nearest bookstore Saturday night for a Harry Potter and the Cursed Child release party, something Potter fans last got to do when Deathly Hallows was published nine years ago.
The two-part play has been billed as the eighth story in the Harry Potter saga, picking up 19 years after the events of Deathly Hallows, with Harry and company sending their own kids to Hogwarts. The Cursed Child theater production has been in previews in London’s West End for several weeks and has been getting great reviews ahead of its official July 30 opening. (It’s also already proved incredibly popular. The New York Times reports tickets are sold out through May, and the show’s producers announced another 250,000 tickets are being released Thursday.)
Since not every fan will be able to get to London to see the story on stage, the play’s script is being published in book form – and it’s that script going on sale at 12:01 a.m. July 31, hours after the production officially opens at the Palace Theatre. (And, as astute Potter fans will notice, on both Harry’s and author J.K. Rowling’s birthday.)
If you haven’t made plans to head to a release party yet, don’t fret; Scholastic has made it incredibly easy to find a celebration. Just head over to Scholastic’s website, type in your ZIP code and pick your favorite Potter party venue. (Or if you’re an independent bookstore owner or librarian who hasn’t listed your party yet, get over to the site to post your event.)