“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” went on sale at 12:01am in Downtown Ithaca after two hours of games and contests and refreshments at Buffalo Street Books. The local bookstore brought in 200 copies for the event, and still has some left today.
Scholastic, the publisher, required bookstores to promise not to even open the cartons of books until midnight. “We had to sign a contract in blood,” quipped book buyer Woody Chichester, who also made the butterbeer for the party. At midnight, the store announced the winner of the costume contest, led attendees in singing happy birthday to Harry Potter, and then started selling books.
The store had about 50 pre-orders for the new book, which is based on a London stage production. There are plenty of copies left today for anyone who missed the late-night party! Check out the full Harry Potter event album on the 14850 Magazine Facebook page below.
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.