Calling all Harry Potter fans: Over 400 midnight release parties will be happening across Canada!

Witches and wizards all over the country will be able to snag a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed child before it hits shelves.

Photo: Scholastic

Photo: Scholastic

Serious book lovers everywhere know there’s nothing better in the world than going to a midnight release party for one of your favourite series—especially when that series is Harry Potter!

That’s why fellow witches and wizards of all houses—Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff and Slytherin—will be happy to hear that libraries and bookstores all across Canada will be hosting more than 400 midnight release parties on July 30 in celebration of the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child the following day.


For Muggle parents not in the know, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth Harry Potter story in the series, and takes place 19 years after the events of the seventh book, Harry Potter the Deathly Hallows. Harry now works for the Ministry of Magic and is a husband and father of three school-aged kids. The youngest, Albus, is forced to deal with his dad’s past and the family legacy—something he never wanted. With the past and present both at hand, Harry and Albus must confront the fact that darkness comes from unexpected places.

Yep, that was a pretty vague plot synopsis, but that’s because it’s all we know so far! And there’s no way to get more details until the July 31 release—unless you’ve got tickets to the play (of the same title) written by Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany, which is set to premiere on Broadway July 30. The book was a play before it was a two-part script book.


We don’t know about you, but we’re super excited for this book to come out. We’ll have our wands in our back pocket, our butterbeer in one hand and some floo powder in the other, ready to throw into the fireplace and say “Diagon Alley” so we can get magically deported into the wonderful world of witchcraft and wizardry.


To find the closest party near you, all you have to do is enter your postal code on the Scholastic website.

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