On July 30th a few friends and myself, exited the Tottenham Court Road tube to make our way to Foyles Charing Cross for the Harry Potter and the Curse Child midnight release. I’ve always wanted to go to a bookish midnight release and I’m quite happy to say that I can now cross it off my bucket list! There were 2 midnight releases in London: Waterstones Piccadilly and Foyles Charing Cross.
I’m quite glad that I chose Foyles, it was very homey and low-key. I did hear that Waterstones was wonderful though!
First we were told to wait in the YA section on the ground floor where our MC, Professor Sparklord I believe was his name, goaded us into excitement and shouting out random spells. It was quite funny. Then we got sorted into houses by pulling a house from the Sorting Hat- I got Gryffindor which sort of pissed me off, but I traded it for Slytherin with a friend.
I came to almost regret that.
Because the Harry Potter quiz and events were by houses and all of my friends got Gryffindor! So in true Slytherin style, I snuck over to the Gryffindor side and called myself Imposter 1.
Then we were given chocolate frogs, the most delicious Harry Potter cupcakes ever, witches brew (aka fruit punch), wine, prosecco, etc. So many nibbles!
SO MUCH SUGAR.
I ate way too much sugar.
Then we had the quiz! Topics ranged from examining our knowledge of the books, quotes, character backgrounds, etc. But some of the categories were about like the HP publishers or illustrators, which I knew nothing on. One section we had to name the page a quote was said! I always got the character and book right, but was always off by 50 or so pages 🙂 It was so much fun and it was great to flex my knowledge somehow and apply some logic. For instance, I can’t remember exactly, one of the quotes was about Percy not having a sense of humor even if it jumped infront of him like Dobby wearing a tea cosy. Who said it and what book? Come on, tell me! Then there was a scavengers hunt I had to tap out of because I had an asthma attack 😦
Some questions that stumped me (NO GOOGLING) or had me super chuffed when I got them right were:
- Finish the sentence: Babbity Rabbity and the BLANK BLANK
- What is the name of Dursley’s company and what do they sell?
- Name 4 items of clothing first years need for Hogwarts
- How do you get into the Ravenclaw common room?
- Where is the Hufflepuff and Slytherin common rooms?
What was great about the entire experience is it felt so good and right being able to just talk about one of our beloved things in a judgement free environment. Some people came in kick ass costumes and we got to make some new friends too. It was absolutely amazing.
On Sunday, the 31st for Harry’s Birthday I went to Waterstones to pick up a copy of the book. I didn’t pre-order it during the midnight release because I wanted to be sure that I wanted an actual copy because I’m seeing the play in November. However, with all the excitement at Foyles, I basically woke up early to wait in line to get a copy on Sunday myself!