Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book release parties next weekend


Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott (right) talks about books with a customer. - CHERYL GERBER
  • Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott (right) talks about books with a customer.

Muggles, rejoice: a new chapter in the Harry Potter saga arrives in bookstores at midnight July 30. While not technically a novel, the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book (from a production opening on London's West End) revives the popular tale about the young wizard and his wand-brandishing buddies. 

Climb on those broomsticks or apparate to the following parties and events celebrating the book release.

Octavia Books hosts a late-night party with games and themed activities. Costumes encouraged. 10 p.m. to midnight Saturday. 

Barnes & Noble Metairie is reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone aloud at 7 p.m. Fridays in July. There's a party with giveaways, games and a "Muggle Wall" for the book release at 8 p.m. Saturday, followed by themed activities and discussions at 10 a.m. Sunday. 

Maple Street Book Shop hosts a Harry Potter-themed brunch, followed by a day of related activities and discounts on Harry Potter series, YA and children’s books. 10 a.m. Sunday. 

Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop’s annual Harry Potter birthday party coincides with the book release. There will be butterbeer cupcakes, a Harry Potter mystery game and giveaways. Tickets are $15-$20 or free with book pre-order. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 

New Orleans Curse, the city’s major-league Quidditch team, isn’t scheduled next weekend  —  but for the truly devout, they play the League City Legends in Texas August 6. You probably won't see any flying broomsticks or golden snitches, but then again, who can say?

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