RM Library Harry Potter

First, British author J.K. Rowling unleashed one Harry Potter book on the world. Then came six more. The global tally: 450 million copies sold. Not only that, but the last four novels broke all sales records in the swiftest-to-fly-off-shelves department. Is it any wonder Hollywood came calling? It left a 7.7-billion-dollar box office take in its wake.

Did you really think 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would be the last word we’d receive from Rowling? If so, think again. A little more than a year ago, it was revealed that the beloved author would take the franchise out for one more spin, but this time, the road would be a stage. Thus does Harry Potter and the Cursed Child become the eighth official tale revolving around the boy wizard.

Set 19 years after the end of Deathly Hallows, the two-part play—written by Jack Thorne based on a story by Rowling, Thorne, and director John Tiffany—is scheduled to make its debut on the boards of London’s Palace Theatre on the evening of July 30.

Can’t make it to the West End? Well, maybe your feet or Fiat can take you as far as the Rancho Mirage Public Library. I sure hope so, because that’s where the Midnight Release Party of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Special Rehearsal Edition is being held. From 10:00 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, July 30, the Library’s community room will be decked out like the Hogwarts Grand Hall, replete with games, crafts, snacks, and more. At the end of the night, copies of the play will be raffled off. While fans are urged to come in costume, street clothes are just as magical. Books will be made available for purchase when the clock strikes 12.

To learn more about this very special program, visit www.ranchomiragelibrary.org to register online, or call 760.341.7323. Hey, I share a name with the little guy. Of course, I’ll be there.