In case you didn’t hear, there’s a new Harry Potter book coming out on July 31.
The 8th of the Harry Potter installments by J.K Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already the talk of the town – and it hasn’t even been released yet. Although the book itself is written as a two part play by British playwright Jack Thorne, it is based on an original story by Thorne, John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling herself. And for Torontonians, the new book release means a few celebrations.
As of Saturday evening, bars and bookstores are holding fan events featuring costume contests, magic shows, and of course, butterbeer. For true fans, July 31 marks more than just the new book release. It’s young Potter’s birthday as well!
— The Lockhart (@thelockhartto) July 30, 2016
Check out one (or more) of these festivities:
A family-friendly party, almost all Indigo/Chapters bookstores across Canada will be open late for fans to get a hold of the first copies of the Harry Potter book.
Where: Selected Indigo/Chapters locations
When: Evening of July 30 through early hours of July 31
The internationally famed Lockhart is our very own Harry Potter themed bar, and they are throwing a costume party to celebrate. You also have a chance to win yourself a copy of the new book!
Where: 1479 Dundas St West
When: July 30 at 5 pm – on
Even the city libraries are celebrating! Celebrate the release of the eighth story and Harry Potter’s birthday! Countdown to midnight with magical activities and live entertainment. Tickets are sold out to this event – but we’re trying magic to get some!
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
When: July 30 at 10:30 pm – 12:30 am
Join Mable’s Fables Bookstore and the Bad Dog Theatre Company for a play and a release party. At midnight, you’ll be able to get your copy of the very sought after book! This is an all ages event.
Where: 875 Bloor Street West
When: July 30 at 9:30
So rejoice, Harry Potter fans. Your time has come!