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Where to get your Harry Potter on this weekend

A pedestrian walked past advertisements in front of the Palace Theatre for its new show “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in London.
A pedestrian walked past advertisements in front of the Palace Theatre for its new show “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in London.AFP/Getty Images

Good news for wizards and muggles alike. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a two-part play based on a new story by J.K. Rowling, is set to be released Sunday at midnight, and Boston-area businesses are gearing up to celebrate. The play transports readers to the wizarding world 19 years after the fall of Voldemort and follows the lives of a middle-aged Harry Potter and his son, Albus Severus. Potterheads, you’ve done your waiting — nine long years of it. The next installment is finally in sight. Here’s where to get your Potter on this weekend.


As much as we love to imagine ourselves at Hogwarts, we never got one of those owl-delivered letters in the mail. Fortunately, there’s still a way for muggles to channel their inner Hogwarts student and attend a real-life Quidditch match. Cheer on the Boston Night Riders, who’ll be facing off against the Washington, D.C., Admirals. July 30, 3-6 p.m. Free. Harry Downes Field, Highland Road and Jamaica Road, Brookline.

Tap on the cobblestones and watch Harvard Square transform into a veritable Diagon Alley before your eyes. Check out magician Bob Riordan on Palmer Street at 8:15 p.m., then sit back and enjoy a free Potter movie screening at 9 p.m. You’ll be well prepared to pick up a copy of the latest Potter tale at the Coop come midnight. July 30, 8 p.m.-midnight. Free. Harvard Square, Cambridge.

Bring your cloaks and cauldrons to Brookline Booksmith, because this muggle bookstore is hosting a major midnight release party. Get ready to earn points for your house and munch on some Harry Potter-themed crepes, courtesy of the Paris Creperie. July 30, 9 p.m. Free. 279 Harvard St., Brookline.


Get ready for a magical time at Arlington’s Regent Theatre, where there’ll be trivia, costumes, and prizes galore. In keeping with the Potter theme, there will also be a magician, a green-screen photo booth, and of course books at midnight. July 30, 9 p.m. $10 per person. 7 Medford St., Arlington.

Hum along with the South Shore Conservatory as it performs selections from the Harry Potter movies during a special midnight book release party at the Barnes & Noble at the Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham. July 30, 8 p.m. Free. 96 Derby St., Hingham.


Have you ever wondered about Professor McGonagall’s past, or why Harry and Hermione didn’t end up together? In addition to other fun activities, Porter Square Books will host a fan fiction open mike, giving Potterheads the opportunity to share and discuss their own versions of the story. July 30, 10:30 p.m. Free. 25 White St., Cambridge.


Remember to practice your “swish and flick” with your very own handcrafted wand at Wynott’s Wands in Salem, but be wary. They say the wand chooses the wizard. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Prices vary. 127 Essex St., Salem.

Put your wealth of Harry Potter knowledge to the test for a chance to win a cash prize at the Blarney Stone. Potter Trivia Night attendees are encouraged to come with a team of up to seven members. Study up! July 31, 6-8 p.m. $5 per person. 1505 Dorchester Ave.

And if you didn’t get a table at the Blarney Stone, don’t worry. Think Tank Trivia, the organization behind the Potter Trivia Night, will host another event at Common Ground in Allston. Better sneak in some Felix Felicis for extra luck. July 31, 7-9 p.m. $5 per person. 85 Harvard Ave., Allston.

Harvard Square Bookstore started getting ready for the events on Thursday:

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Sonia Rao and Carly Sitrin can be reached at sonia.rao@globe.com and carly.sitrin@globe.com.