It’s finally here! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & II arrives this weekend, and Barnes & Noble is throwing a huge party to celebrate the wonder of the wizarding world! We’re inviting readers everywhere to join us for a series of events and activities leading up to the midnight release of the new book, and continuing throughout the next day. All Muggles, witches, and wizards are welcome—so grab your wand, wear your house colors, and head to your local B&N store for games, giveaways, trivia, and more!
And if you’re looking to extend the magic, check out our list of gift ideas sure to cast a spell on every Potter fan in your life.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II, by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany
This one is a given. The tale of the Boy Who Lived continues in this eighth original Harry Potter story—the first to be presented as a stage play, premiering in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. Set 19 years after the conclusion of the final book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the new story finds Harry now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three children. And his youngest son, Albus, is struggling with the weight of his family’s legacy, as both father and son are forced to face some unfortunate dark truths in this highly anticipated release.
Harry Potter: The Character Vault, by Jody Revenson
The ultimate Harry Potter fan should have the ultimate encyclopedia focused on the characters’ transition from books to film. The Character Vault offers just that, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at how Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the key players were developed from J.K. Rowling’s stories and brought to life theatrically. The book includes a profile on each character with design sketches and photographs of their costumes, wands, and other iconic props. Interviews with special effects experts, costume designers, makeup artists, and the cast round out the compendium.
Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond, by Jody Revenson
Feel like you know places like Hogwarts and Diagon Alley as well as your own neighborhood? You’ll become a true local with this volume about all of the memorable places in Harry Potter’s world. The book takes readers through the enchanting sets and real-life scouting locations across England, Wales, and Scotland that later became the settings of Hagrid’s hut, Shell Cottage, the Hogwarts bridge, and more. With beautiful full-color photos and concept art, this book makes for a magical addition for any Harry Potter collection.
Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault, by Jody Revenson
A lot of talent went into making the Harry Potter movies, and not a detail was overlooked when it came to portraying this world on film—and that includes every last piece of enchanted candy, flying broom, potion bottle label, and Golden Snitch. In order to realize all of these important artifacts, a team of talented graphic artists, prop makers, and craftspeople took their tasks very seriously, paying attention to the smallest of details. The Artifact Vault memorializes their work with art and design concepts, full-color photographs, and more magical filmmaking secrets.
Harry Potter Artefact Box
Fans of the Harry Potter books and films will always hold the memories of these magical tales in their hearts, but it’s also nice to be able to hold some artifacts in your hands as well. With the Harry Potter Artefact Box, you can do precisely that. Harry’s box includes his Hogwarts acceptance letter, a Sirius Black wanted poster, and a Quidditch World Cup ticket, among other key items. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger[EAN link to come] have their own separately sold boxes of artifacts, which respectively include things like a Gryffindor uniform stitched crest and a Gilderoy Lockhart signed photo.
POP Rides: Harry Hogwarts Express Engine
Every true Harry Potter fan knows that Hogwarts students typically arrive at the school via the Hogwarts Express, which leaves from Platform 9¾ of London’s King’s Cross Station. So it makes sense that this stylized vinyl Harry Potter POP figurine would roll up in the Hogwarts Express engine. Hermione’s figurine comes with a Hogwarts Express Traincar, and Ron’s comes with the Hogwarts Express Carriage. All aboard!
Harry Potter Illuminating Wand
According to Mr. Ollivander, the wand chooses the wizard. But now you can have a bit of magical control by selecting one of these enchanting Harry Potter–themed wands. With the Harry Potter Illuminating Wand—made of porcelain and wood—or the all-porcelain Hermione Granger Illuminating Wand, you won’t even have to say, “Lumos maxima!” to produce light from the wand’s tip (thanks to the magic of batteries). And the Remote Control Wand allows you to control music, TVs, DVD players, and more with just a flick of the wrist. Professor Flitwick would be so proud.