I can't believe the first Harry Potter book was released in 1997, and here we are today awaiting the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Rowling's first book since the series ended. Harry is now an adult!
If you're a Harry Potter fan, you won't want to miss the fun release party this Saturday in San Francisco. Bookshop West Portal, an independent bookstore is the heart of the celebration, which spills out to other parts of West Portal.
Here's what you can expect:
The courtyard adjacent to the store will morph into Diagon Alley,
the main shopping thoroughfare of the wizarding world. Family-friendly activities include wizarding crafts, a children’s costume contest, and the opportunity to meet a live owl (and his keeper), visiting from San Francisco’s Randall Museum.
A large section of the West Portal shopping district, along with the local branch of the San Francisco Public Library will transform into the Wizarding World of West Portal. Look for wizarding displays and photo opportunities along with treats throughout the neighborhood. You'll get your own (Marauder’s) map to all participating restaurants and merchants.
In the evening, the store hosts a live staged reading by San Francisco’s renowned Word for Word Performing Arts Company. The store also teamed up with the San Francisco chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance (I Left My Wand in San Francisco) to produce adult fun for the count down to the midnight book release. Dress up and get ready for adult trivia and costume contests. It's topped off with the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
If you want your copy, pre-order it from the bookstore for a 20% discount.
All day they'll give away prizes.
Here's a schedule:
Diagon Alley (outside in the courtyard):
2-3: Magical crafts, activities
3-4: Meet a live owl
4-4:45: Costume parade around West Portal
4:45-5:30: Kids' costume contest
Inside Flourish and Botts (the bookstore)
8-9: Performance by Word for Word Performing Arts Company
9-12: (outside) screening of Harry Potter movies
9:30-10:15: Adult costume contest
10:30-11:30: Trivia contest with the Harry Potter Alliance
12-12:30 a.m.: Book release
Location: 80 West Portal Avenue, SF
Take MUNI - the bookstore is less than a block away.