Literary Events, Pop Culture

Harry Potter: The Party That Dare Not Speak Its Name

When: Sat., July 30, 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 2016

Did you believe you'd heard the last from notorious he-witch Harry Potter? Well, he's back, and real-life has caught up with Potter at last. He's slaving away in the Ministry of Magic with three kids at home and a minor case of wand dysfunction (presumably -- he's in the right demographic for it to be an issue), and his youngest child is struggling mightily with the family legacy. If you want to know how it all turns out, you'll have to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child -- Parts One & Two. The new book is actually a rehearsal script for the first Harry Potter play, which opens in London on Saturday, July 30. (That's today.) The book is officially available on July 31, which is technically midnight tonight. The Book House (7352 Manchester Road, Maplewood; feeds your habit at the stroke of midnight with "The Party That Dare Not Speak Its Name." The party includes a costume contest, Tarot readings, chocolate frogs, Butterbeer and Dragon's Milk (why would a reptile produce milk?) and other surprises. The party starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 12:30 a.m., and admission is free. Pre-order your copy of the book through the Book House to ensure you get one.

Paul Friswold

Price: free admission