Book Talk is a sporadic feature where I talk about bookish things that aren’t book reviews.
Today’s topic is…Harry Potter! Specifically, the Cursed Child Midnight Release Party, but I wanted to share a little bit of my own Harry Potter story. I have read The Cursed Child already, and I’m going to talk about it but I promise there will be no spoilers in this post. I will be probably be doing a review full of spoilers when I’ve had the chance to read it again.
A Little Bit Of My Harry Potter Story:
I’ve loved Harry Potter ever since I saw the first movie. I saw it, loved it, and then immediately read the 4 books that were already out. I anxiously awaited the release of each book and movie, reading theories on Mugglenet and mostly reading fanfiction (but writing a little too) and words cannot completely express what Harry Potter means to me. Whatever is going on my life, I know that I pick up Harry Potter, and everything will be fine.
I don’t have a lot of memories of midnight release parties for the books or the movies. Bookwise, I only made to the Deathly Hallows midnight release party, and for the movies, only Deathly Hallows, Part Two. I remember pre-ordering Deathly Hallows at Barnes And Noble, and going to their midnight release party, and wandering around the store a little, but also doing a couple craft, there was random trivia, and Harry Potter scene-it. I got the book, and was up all night reading the book, and then going into work exhausted because I was up all night. But it was worth it, because I love having that memory. And for Deathly Hallows, part two? It was magical and fun to be watching Harry Potter at midnight in a packed theater, and the experience of that made it really fun and memorable.
Finding Out About The Cursed Child Script:
I remember seeing the news that the script for The Cursed Child on a blog post, and at first, I couldn’t believe it. I honestly thought it was a joke, and when I finally looked at the news headlines, and realized it was really happening, I jumped up and down screaming for about 10 minutes. I immediately pre-ordered the e-book- I didn’t care that it was more than what I’d usually pay for an e-book (and the price can probably be explained by the fact that it’s a new Harry Potter book).
It wasn’t until recently that I had the thought to pre-order a print copy, to go on my shelf with the rest of the series. I thought I had pre-ordered it too late, because Mysterious Galaxy had a wait-list going. But I was really excited when they called saying they had more copies, and I was able to get one.
Either way, I was going to the midnight release party, because I didn’t want to miss out on the magic.
Going To The Midnight Release Party:
I knew that I was going to dress up, because how could you not? I dressed up as Fleur Delacour- I made the hat and capelet she wears in the movie, because it was easier and cheaper than buying them. I had a bit of trouble finding a dress in the right color, because when I need a powder blue dress, that is the color I can’t find to save my life. Either I need to start planning costumes better, or I need to learn how to sew, so I can just make what I need. But I was willing to go with any shade of blue I could find, but I found something close enough to powder blue that I wasn’t stressing out about it.
I arrived at Mysterious Galaxy, checked in at the register, and got my orange slip so that I could pick up my book when midnight hit. I looked around a little, I got in line for snacks, colored a little, and watched people play Charades and Taboo. I hung out with my friend Mollie, which was also fun, and made an already fun night even more fun.
And I loved seeing the costumes! There were a lot of people in robes, and some of the kids had really cute costumes- one kid was dressed up as Snape, another as Malfoy, and a third was dressed up as a dementor. There were people dressed up as Trelawney, Snape, and there was an impressively costumed Dumbledore and Sprout. And it was weird, but fun getting compliments, and a couple people even asked if they could get a picture of me.
They had really cool decorations- devil’s snare on some bookshelves, the flying keys, the floating candles, and textbooks, cauldrons, and potions bottles scattered around the store. But I think my favorite thing was the muggle wall, where people wrote about their memories of Harry Potter. The costume contest was fun, but the kid who won was cute (but then again, they all were), and for the adult costume contest, it was no surprise the woman dressed up as Sprout won.
Just before midnight, we sang Happy Birthday and then went to stand in line. The line was (not surprisingly) pretty long, and wrapped around the building, but because everyone had paid already, the line moved fast, because they were basically just handing out the book.
So a little after midnight, I was holding the script for Harry Potter And The Cursed Child in my hands. AND IT WAS GLORIOUS AND COMPLETELY AMAZING.
In Which I Read The Script And Talk About It With No Spoilers At All:
I got home, changed into my pajamas, made some coffee (that I never drank), started playing Sorcerer’s Stone, and settled in on the couch. And I read until I had finished. It was only a couple of hours, because as a script, it went pretty fast.
While I’m not the biggest fan of READING plays, I love Harry Potter so much that I did not care. With reading plays, you are missing out on a big part of it: actually seeing it being performed. Reading it just isn’t the same as seeing it live on stage, but with the Cursed Child, I’m glad I get to at least read it, because I’m sure tickets for it are really hard to get, plus there’s the fact that I’m not in London, so that’s a factor.
I fully acknowledge that there is a piece of the Cursed Child that I’ve missed, because I’ve only read the script and haven’t seen it performed. But that doesn’t stop me from loving the story, because I did, and my rating, right off the bat, would be 5 stars. That may change, once I have a chance to read it again, and actually have time to think about it a little more. Because right now, I’m super-excited, and I have so many thoughts, and it definitely needs another read.
What I loved the most about the midnight release party, though, is the reminder that Harry Potter brings so many different people together, and how much Harry Potter means to people. I can’t think of any other book that inspires so many people to have parties to celebrate a book coming out, and waiting in long lines just to get a copy, only to go home and stay up until they’ve finished it.
I am so glad that I got to go to one more Harry Potter midnight release party, because I never thought we would get another one for the books.
And, of course, I would love to wish a very happy birthday to Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling.