In the run up to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child being released next month (so soon), Barnes and Noble held a special Harry Potter themed night last Friday. I gathered up my fellow Potterhead and Cursed Child companion, YA author Kristine Kruppa and we headed out for a night of Harry fun!
The event was really well put together on B&N’s end. When you arrived, you received a scroll with a list of the activities and some puzzles (which were completed later with the hubby’s help). We were first sorted into our houses. Like in the book, you could ‘ask’ the Sorting Hat to put you into a particular house so into Hufflepuff I went! After we were sorted, we were asked to make house-color ties so we could identify our fellow housemates. I’ve not been so excited about coloring in a long time.
At the location we visited, the local Harry Potter club was volunteering to help run the activities which was great because there were even more fans than normal around. The staff was dressed up, too. My favorite was a bookseller dressed as Moaning Myrtle but another bookseller did a great Quidditch themed Harry himself. Even the baristas at the Starbucks counter were into it. We could go up to any bookseller or club member and be asked trivia questions which were later exchanged for house points. Kristine and I OWNED this. There was only one question I got wrong and I still feel bad about it.
There was this great photo booth where you could have your picture taken like an Azkaban headshot. Apparently, I was the first person to not smile in my picture. Who smiles in their Azkaban picture?
After about an hour, we were all assembled together to compete for the House Cup in Jeopardy! We came in third but I feel like it was biased in the favor of Gryffindor, haha. They kept getting bonus questions! Some of the questions were really hard and we ended up getting one wrong (darn).
Overall, it was a really fun night and I had a blast! I can’t wait for the release party. We’re going to a bookstore in a college town so maybe there will be more people our age to nerd out with. There’s got to be a ton of original Harry fans out there, right?
Until next time, write on.