B+N Harry Potter Night

28 Jun

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!

Kristine being sorted into Slytherin.

Kristine being sorted into Slytherin.

We look great in paper ties.

We look great in paper ties.

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.

If seen, contact the Ministry immediately.

If seen, contact the Ministry immediately.

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.

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5 Responses to “B+N Harry Potter Night”

  1. Random Reads June 28, 2016 at 1:45 PM #

    That sounds like an absolute blast! I wonder if the B+N near me is doing a Harry Potter night.. I’ll have to check that out! I love how the staff dressed up and that you guys had so many fun activities to participate in 🙂


    • Sam June 28, 2016 at 5:36 PM #

      I think they all did it last Friday. They’re all supposed to be doing a release party as well so you can look into that. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Random Reads June 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM #

        Darn it! I guess I missed out. I’ll have to look for the release party. Happy reading to you too!!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Marilyn June 28, 2016 at 7:17 PM #

    Glad to see that you and your friend had a good time. Thanks for sharing the photos.


    • Sam June 28, 2016 at 7:29 PM #

      Glad you enjoyed! We had a blast and we’re really looking forward to the full book release! Happy reading.


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