Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Bookstores prepare generation-spanning release parties

July 29, 2016 8:21 PM

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Bookstores prepare generation-spanning release parties

When Scholastic first announced they would be releasing the script to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in book form, the managers of Austin’s largest independent bookstore BookPeople resolved they would not do a midnight release party — those communal gatherings that used to be a staple of new J.K. Rowling books. And yet, less than two days away from the book’s release at midnight on July 31, preparations are in full swing for a Saturday night parking lot party at BookPeople, complete with food trucks and Diagon Alley facades and wizard costumes for the staff. Just like the old days.

“The announcement was that it was a play in script form, we weren’t sure how it was going to be received,” BookPeople manager Bryan Samsone tells EW. “But it became pretty apparent quickly after word came out that people still wanted to congregate together to celebrate Harry Potter, dress up, and re...

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