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Books-A-Million to Host Ultimate ‘Harry Potter’ Midnight Release Party

Books-A-Million to Host Ultimate ‘Harry Potter’ Midnight Release Party


It’s almost here!! July 31 can’t come fast enough for fans of Harry Potter. The anticipated summer date marks the official script book release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II, the theatrical eighth installment of JK Rowling’s best-selling Harry Potter series premiering as a play on London’s West End stage.

To celebrate the countdown, Books-A-Million locations across the country are hosting a midnight release party on July 30 for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! From a Sorting Hat ceremony, costume contest, Harry Potter trivia, a Marauder’s Map scavenger hunt, crafts and more, there’s no better way to celebrate the release of the new book!

“Since 1997, fans have been intrigued by Harry Potter and immersed themselves completely in the wizarding world; this book and release is no different! Getting the chance to re-enter J.K. Rowling’s fantasy world one more time is a treat that generations of Potter fans have been dreaming of since the last book launched in 2007.” Scott Kappler, the vice president of marketing for Books-A-Million, told FanBolt.

“With an extensive community of multi-generation followers since the series’ start in 1997, the ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ release is undoubtedly the biggest book launch of the year,” said Sandra Wilson, Senior Book Buyer and Vice President of Merchandising at Books-A-Million. “We’re looking forward to celebrating the monumental debut with devoted fans of all ages, and to once again revel in the literary magic of Harry Potter!”

When asked about the importance of celebrating fandom, Kappler commented, “As a premier book retailer in the United States, we take great pride in giving our customers opportunities to experience their favorite stories long after they’ve finished reading them. For most readers, books become even more intriguing when there’s a chance to discuss them with other fans, so hosting events like this have always been a top priority for our company.”


If you’re looking to attend the party, it kicks off at 2pm on July 30 at participating locations, and the official countdown party gets started at 9pm! The event is free to attend and open to the public. Only customers who have secured a pre-order voucher for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will have first access to their copy at midnight. Vouchers will be available during the countdown event in stores. Pre-orders can also be purchased online at for home delivery. For more information, visit

Will you be attending the midnight release party? Let us know in our comment section below! (And take a look below at the super cool press kit promo that Books-A-Million sent us for the event!)


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Emma Loggins Emma Loggins is the Editor in Chief of FanBolt. As an internationally recognized "Geek Girl", Emma updates daily on the latest entertainment news, her opinions on current happenings in the media, screening/filming opportunities, inside scoops and more.  She’s been writing on the world of geekdom and pop culture since 2002 and is also considered to be one of the top Atlanta bloggers and influencers!


  1. Ugh, blessing and a curse, stuck at the lake for an HOA meeting. Would love to be there with our great niece!


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