Buy your books online and you miss all the fun! That’s the message from Buffalo Street Books, which is hosting a “Magical Midnight Release Party” for the new Harry Potter book that’s coming out tonight. The festivities begin at 10pm.
A $10 ticket for the 10pm event covers “all-you-can-drink homemade Butterbeer” as well as Harry Potter themed snacks made by Life’s So Sweet Chocolates. There will be magical activities and a costume contest.
The book itself, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” goes on sale at 12:01am tonight. $40 will get you both the book and admission to the party. Advance tickets are available at Buffalo Street Books in Dewitt Mall in Downtown Ithaca until the store closes at 7pm, and if there’s still room, tickets will be sold at the door starting at 10.
Book buyer Woody Chichester says anyone who just wants to buy the book after midnight can just come buy the book — no ticket necessary.
Independent bookstore Buffalo Street Books reopened in the spring of 2011 as a community-owned cooperative after closing that winter. The store hosts frequent book release events and talks from both touring and local authors.