How to celebrate Harry Potter this weekend

Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildHarry Potter and the Cursed Child has opened in London’s West End and is sold out through December 2017. Yes, 2017. The 5-hour play, set 19 years after the last movie, is running in a very small theatre only 1,900 seats, thereby exacerbating the problem, well, it’s a problem if you want tickets, not so much for the producers. The reviews are in and they’re very good.

Good news: Another 250,000 tickets go on sale next month. A quarter-million. So you have time to start saving, as you’re looking at 2018 and beyond.

However, you don’t have to go to see the play in person to enjoy it. The script, which is being treated as Book 8, is being released at midnight tonight, fittingly Harry’s birthday, July 31.

Writes io9: Barnes & Noble said the eighth book in the story of Harry Potter is already the book retailer’s most pre-ordered book since, well, the seventh book, which originally sold over 8-million copies in 24 hours in the US. It’s also on the top bestseller list on Amazon. The upcoming release is being celebrated at more than five-thousand bookstores and libraries Saturday night, with midnight release parties featuring costume contests, wizard rock bands, magic shows, and lots of butterbeer.

On the movie front, Freeform is showing all eight Potter movies over the weekend.

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