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Bookstore to host Harry Potter midnight release party

Brooke Bumgarner
Off The Beaten Path will host a book release party for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two,” which will officially be released at 12:01 a.m. Sunday
Brooke Bumgarner

If you go:

What: Harry Potter Midnight Release Party

Where: Off the Beaten Path, 68 Ninth St.

When: 10 p.m. Saturday, July 30

Cost: Free





Off The Beaten Path will host a book release party for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two,” which will officially be released at 12:01 a.m. Sunday
Brooke Bumgarner

— As a young boy ran past the bookstore window, stopping briefly to observe a large poster, he was overheard saying, “Oh cool — a new Harry Potter book is coming out,” exhibiting the excitement that typically surrounds the release of anything involving the wizarding world created by author J.K. Rowling.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — Parts One and Two” will be available at exactly 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, and there is no way that Off The Beaten Path bookstore would miss it. Starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, the store will host a Harry Potter party for the young, old and in-between series lovers.

“I think I started reading the series when I was in third grade, and I’ve read all the books three times,” said Emma Stewart, a 13-year-old who is starting eighth grade in the fall. “I like how the series is all fantasy related, because I like fantasy novels, and I like how it’s kind of directed to all ages, it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still read it and think ‘Oh, I want to be like that person.’ I’m really excited about the new book.”

Stewart has never been to a book release party before and having the opportunity to go to one, especially for a series that she loves so much, is exciting.

“I think there’s going to be fun games and trivia, and I can meet my fellow friends who also have an interest in Harry Potter there,” she explained.

“We’re going to have activities going all night,” said Emily Katzmann, bookstore assistant manager. “We’re going to do a costume contest, so we definitely encourage people to come dressed up. We’ll have trivia and other games, wizard crafts, and we’ll be serving butter beer in the coffee house.”

The new book is the script of a stage play that is opening in London on July 30, and although it will be quite different from the rest of the series, the story will follow the life of Harry 19 years after the Deathly Hallows ends. The premise of the story, Katzman explained, follows Harry as a father of three and focuses mainly on the youngest son.

“I’m not really sure what to expect from the new book, I know it’s going to be good, because it’s Harry Potter related, and everything Harry Potter is good,” Stewart said. “I didn’t look too into because I kind of like the suspense of it.”

Saturday night’s event is free, and all ages are encouraged to come out and enjoy a night celebrating Harry Potter. However, pre-orders are encouraged because the book could sell out.

“The event provides an alternative experience for people, and I know that Harry Potter reaches a wide range of audiences,” said Victoria Ohegyi, Katzman’s co-organizer. “I think it’s going to be a great, unique experience in Steamboat.”

“We have some fun surprise up our sleeves,” said Katzman.

“It’s also fun to have a reason to dress up and live in another world for a few hours,” Katzman added. “Normally, we close at 8 so it’s kind of special to be open late. Harry Potter is the only reason we would ever be open past midnight.”


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