Local Harry Potter Book Release Events

Here’s a list of Harry Potter book release events around town and in the region.

In Lexington:

• Harry Potter Party. 2 p.m. July 17. Lexington Public Library Tates Creek Branch, 3628 Walden Dr. Go to class with Harry, see if you can survive Potions, and maybe take a trip to Honeydukes. Ages 9 and up. Reservations required. (859) 231-5580.

• Harry Potter Trivia Night/Noche de Trivia de Harry Potter. 6:30 p.m. July 18. Lexington Public Library Village Branch, 2185 Versailles Rd. How well do you know your Harry Potter trivia? Prove it! All ages. (859) 246-1607.

• Harry Potter No. 7: The Deathly Hallows. 11 a.m. July 20. Lexington Public Library Eagle Creek Branch, 101 N. Eagle Creek Dr. How will the Harry Potter books end? A trivia contest, craft, snack and lots of discussion on how Harry will defeat “you know who.” Ages 8 and up. Reservations required. (859) 231-5560.

• Hooray for Harry! 3-5 p.m. July 20. Lexington Public Library Northside Branch, 1737 Russell Cave Rd. The last Harry Potter is almost here, so bring your Harry Potter knowledge to compete for magical prizes. Ages 9-16. (859) 231-5590.

• Harry Potter Book Release Party for Adults. 7 p.m. July 20. National College, 2376 Sir Barton Way. Trivia games, movies, wizards charades, food, costume contest. (859) 253-0621.

• Barnes & Noble Booksellers. 8 p.m. July 20. 1932 Pavilion Way. Special activities, prizes, photo opportunities with favorite characters, and unique items for sale. (859) 543-8518. www.barnesandnoble.com.

• Joseph-Beth Booksellers. 10 p.m. July 20. 161 Lexington Green Circle. Events include a Transfiguration booth, fortune-telling with Professor Trelawney, the Tri-Wizard Tournament, magic by Tom Hubbard, Hagrid’s Hut, Potions class, and the Three Broomsticks. (859) 273-2911. www.josephbeth.com.

• Is it the End for Harry? 1-4:30 p.m. July 21. Lexington Public Library Beaumont Branch, 3080 Fieldstone Way. Bring a blanket, pillow and your copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We’ll provide a quiet space and the snacks. Ages 10 and up. Reservations required. (859) 231-5570.

• Harry Potter Read-In. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 21. The Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. Second St. All ages welcome, bring your own book. Free snacks, activities, a raffle, and plenty of time to stretch out and read. Register at (859) 254-4175. www.carnegieliteracy.org.

In the Region:

• Hastings Books. 8-11 p.m. July 20. 830 Eastern Bypass, Richmond. Costume contest (winner gets the first book at midnight), Bertie Botts jellybean eating contest, butterbeer, door prizes, coloring station, crafts, and movies. The line for the midnight release forms at 11 p.m. (859) 626-5078. www.hastingsentertainment.com.

• Coffee Tree Books. 9 p.m.-midnight July 20. 240 Morehead Plaza, Morehead. The store is transformed into Hogwarts Academy. Classes in Divination, Care of Magical Creatures, Potions, and activities including face painting, costumes, trivia contest, Bertie Botts Every Flavored Bean guessing contest, scavenger hunt, and performance by magician Mark Sparkman. (606) 784-8364.

• Bohannon’s Books With A Past. 10 p.m. July 20. 152 E. Main St., Georgetown. Street party in front of the store features live chess, storytelling, costumes. Nearby restaurants will be open and participating in the event. (502) 863-3003.

• Poor Richard’s Books. 10:30 p.m. July 20. 233 Broadway, Frankfort. Costumes, games, face painting, quidditch, live chess, and a visit with Hagrid. Participating stores include Completely Kentucky, Coffee Tree Cafe, and Capitol Cellars. (502) 223-8018. www.poorrichards.booksense.com.

Information courtesy of Kentucky.com

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