After I went to the launch of the Storybox festival at Foyles the team invited me along to an event of my choice. Being mainly focused on YA and children’s literature there were only a couple that appealed to me, or which I could attend without looking like an insane childless 30-something. But one of them stood out from the start was the event for the launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I used to queue up at midnight to buy the books and when Deathly Hallows came out I thought that was it. So the chance to do it again one more time was just too good to refuse.
I almost turned up late to the event, thinking that something that was going to run from 9pm to midnight wouldn’t be that great and I’d get bored by myself. Luckily I rang up the store earlier on to ask for more details and was convinced to arrive on time. I’m so glad I did. The whole evening was absolutely hilarious and I had the best time.
The evening was presided over by three wizards who started by sorting us – turns out I’m a Ravenclaw. I’m cool with that. The hosted the quiz and kept everyone more than entertained. The whole evening was pitched just right for the audience, not too childish, not too geeky. If all of the events are this good I’d definitely go to another.
But back to the event. There was Harry Potter themed food. Like cupcakes.
And chocolate frogs! And here was beer, proving for me it wasn’t just for children.
People dressed up. Some of them were outstanding.
The top floor space was split into houses to take part in the quiz to find the ultimate Harry Potter fan. It was not going to be me.I managed to not completely humiliate myself with a very Harry Potter appropriate 22 3/4 points.
There was also a treasure hunt around the bookshop. I’ll be honest the prospect of being locked in a bookshop in the middle of the night sounded like a dream come true and I wandered off for part of it to enjoy my dream coming true.
Dobby was also hanging out with us. And is slightly terrifying in real life.
But then midnight struck and it was time to get our hands on the book!
And after taking this photo wrap it back up inside the Foyles bag again and hide it behind my other books so I don’t read a single word of it before I got to see the plays in January.
And the most important thing happened. The reading. I’m pretty sure they would have stayed there all night if they had been allowed to.
And let’s be honest, this is the most magical thing about the world of Harry Potter.