Unless you’re more of a muggle than most, you know that the eagerly anticipated, and much ballyhooed, seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” will be released at the witching hour July 21. Local events celebrating the book’s release seem to be as numerous as the flavors of Bertie Bott’s Beans. So, wizards and witches of all ages, grab your robes and wands, and join in the fun one last time.
Peninsula transforms into an enchanted village, while the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad morphs into the Wizard Express; plus, a feast, a ball, Hogwarts lessons and a quidditch match magically appear.
This streetwide party features magicians, sorting hats, snakes, owls and Dumbledore, as well as prizes, costumes, music and art. Local eateries serve Harry Potterthemed food, including butter beer and pumpkin juice.
Main Street turns into Diagon Alley while nearby First & Main becomes Hogsmeade as more than 60 Hudson businesses transmogrify into a magical world: Costumes, quidditch, performances, special menus, raffles and prizes.
Oh, Yeah ... The Book
Pre-ordering includes event registration and a 15 percent discount on the book.
Pre-ordering the book gets you a 20 percent discount.
Ten percent of each preorder will be donated to First Book Akron. (And you get a 10 percent discount).
There’s Something About Harry
There are so many Potter parties popping up, we’d need a Rememberall to keep track of them all. Here are a few other events coinciding with the book’s release. Great Lakes Science Center: This sleepover includes potion testing, illusions, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” on the OMNIMAX screen and the new book. www.greatscience.com
Joseph-Beth Booksellers: Legacy Village stores open late, hosting magical activities, Hogwarts classes, a maze, a wizard duel and divinations. www.josephbeth.com Crocker Park Barnes and Noble: A costume parade, snakes and owls, scavenger hunt, activities and giveaways will mark the arrival of Harry’s Final Chapter. www.crockerpark.com