The Bookworm of Edwards hosts release party for ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’
If you go …
What: Release party for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”
When: 7 a.m. Sunday, July 31.
Where: The Bookworm of Edwards, 295 Main St., Riverwalk at Edwards.
Cost: Free, breakfast included for those who dress up.
More information: Call 970-926-7323, or visit www.bookwormofedwards.com.
EDWARDS — Muggles around the world have been eagerly anticipating a chance to return to the magical world of Harry Potter. That chance will arrive on Sunday, with the release of the eighth story, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”
The Bookworm of Edwards is home to some of the most dedicated Muggles in the Vail Valley. In fact, the staff is throwing a release party at 7 a.m., with free breakfast and butter beer served to those who arrive at the party dressed as any Hogwarts character.
The new book is a bound version of the script for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a play set to release Saturday, in London. Tickets sold quicker than a Firebolt can fly, but author J.K. Rowling is campaigning her faithful followers to #keepthesecret in hopes that the new story can bring along its surprises to each person as they read the script or watch the play.
Though books release every week and some carry a great deal of expectation, none of them compare to the frenzy this series has created. From the day Hagrid delivered a small bundle to 4 Privet Drive, to when Harry, Ron and Hermoine solidified their friendship after knocking out a troll, to the moment Harry’s scar stopped hurting for good, this story has awakened magic inside everyone who reads it.
Nothing like it
Nicole Magistro, owner of The Bookworm, explained that there has never been anything like the Harry Potter series in all of the years she has been in the book industry.
“I have never seen a book received like this series,” Magistro said. “The excitement, the anticipation, the secrecy: It all shows how special this series really is. The grand scale of the people it has touched is astounding. I love what it has done to spark the joy of reading and the importance of imagination in readers around the globe.”
One self-proclaimed Muggle and Bookworm staffer, Paige Clark, has nothing but fond memories when it comes to Harry Potter.
“I feel like the books show what true friendship is,” Clark said. “It also showed me what a well-written book is supposed to look like. I attended a midnight release party for the seventh book in the series. I started reading it immediately and finished it by 8 a.m. I loved it so much, I called in sick at work so I could read it again!”
The impact of literature
As the shopkeepers were gearing up for the release of this new story, they hung a Muggle wall in the store. It was a large, blank canvas with one request at the very top: “Tell us what Harry Potter means to you.”
Magistro said the response has been overwhelming. There is hardly any space left to write, with messages such as, “Harry Potter was an adventure that taught me to never give up and that there is magic everywhere!”
Another shared, “At my first Harry Potter movie, my family and I bought our tickets and sat next to a beautiful girl. She would later become my wife.”
And some simply said, “Everything.”