Midnight Launch Party for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2” at Spirit of ‘76 Bookstore in Marblehead, MA
As a child of the Harry Potter generation, I grew up reading the series and even waiting for some of the books to be published. So I have been reveling in the current hype about the play that came out on July 31, the birthday of Harry Potter and his creator, J. K. Rowling.
It was about a week or so before the event when I visited the bookstore, and I expected a lot of people to be on the wizard bandwagon, and yet the Facebook event only indicated that 4 people were interested and 2 people were going, myself included. I also overheard that only 10 people had preordered the book. I consider myself a supporter of local bookstores, and especially since I had two cousins working at this particular bookstore (we’re a very literate family), I decided to preorder Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and announced I would be at the party.
Shockingly, on the night of July 30th, I ran late for the book release, but as my boyfriend and I passed the bookstore, I saw a line to the register that went almost all the way to the back of the store! We could barely get through the doors that were decorated to look like Platform 9 and 3/4s. I don’t know why I was so worried. It’s Harry Potter, after all. The story that lived.
Unfortunately, we missed the main part of the party. The refreshments tables were ravaged – wrappers and spills coated the tables, and the dishes with food offerings were, for the most part, empty. The lemonade was gone and I didn’t get to try any of the gillygin. But seeing the effect that Harry Potter has on my hometown was worth it. That and getting to take my new book home!