Good news Potterheads, J.K. Rowling’s latest addition to the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, hits shelves July 31. Barnes and Nobles reported it’s the most pre-ordered book since the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Based on the play by the same name, the eighth story is set 19 years later where we find Harry Potter an “overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.” According to an official plot description, “Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.” It is based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and gives Harry Potter fans the ability to experience the storyline of the new play.

So if you didn’t know, now you know, and didn’t pre-order a book, you can still celebrate the launch at these events in Denver.

Tattered Cover

Photo courtesy of Tattered Cover on Facebook.

Photo courtesy of Tattered Cover on Facebook.


When: July 30 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Where: 2526 E Colfax Ave and 7301 S Santa Fe Drive

Cost: Free, Book vouchers can be purchased at any store for $32.16 and will guarantee a midnight purchase

The Lowdown: All ages are invited to join the celebration with face painting, quidditch tryouts, a treasure hunt, wizard trivia and more.

Boulder Book Store

Photo courtesy of Boulder Book Store Facebook

Photo courtesy of Boulder Book Store Facebook


When: July 30 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Where: 1107 S Pearl St., Denver

Cost: Free, RSVP here and pre-order the book to ensure pick up at midnight.

The Lowdown: Boulder Book Store will turn into Diagon Alley with crafts, games, activities, wizardly drinks, snacks, a photobooth, costume contest and the midnight book release.

Book Bar


Photo courtesy of Book Bar Facebook


When: July 30 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. 8 p.m. to Sunday, July 31, 2016 – 1 a.m.

Where: 4280 Tennyson St., Denver

Cost: Free, the book is available for pre-order for $29.99

The Lowdown: Book Bar will have a costume contest, snacks, drinks, games, prizes and special performances to commemorate the newest book.

Barnes and Noble

Photo courtesy of Barnes and Noble Glendale Facebook

Photo courtesy of Barnes and Noble Glendale Facebook


When: July 30 8 p.m. and July 31 9 a.m.

Where: Multiple locations–West Village, Lone Tree, Glendale, Crossroad Commons and more

Cost: Free

The Lowdown: Barnes and Noble is teaming up with LEAP Institute for the Arts at Colorado State University to put together a Yule ball July 30 with dancing and theatrical performances. There will also be snitch making, a sorting hat, Hogwarts’ houses, a Muggle selfie wall, a Harry Potter look-a-like contest and coloring stations.


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