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    The Best Harry Potter Party EVER!


    MAKE WAY FOR MUGGLES AND WIZARDS as the BEST HARRY POTTER PARTY EVER transforms Harvard Square into HOGWARTS SQUARE Join us for a grand CELEBRATION OF LITERATURE presented by the Harvard Square Business Association and the Harvard Summer School.

    Harvard Square and Harvard Yard, historically known as T-H-E P-L-A-C-E for hallowed halls filled with books, will transport one and all to "Hogwarts Square" the most happening shopping, dining and cultural center. Join us for a night of magic, music and books under the Whomping Willows of Hogwarts Yard. Later fly on over to the bustling streets of Diagon Alley where wizards line up to see the latest Nimbus products, Magic Wands, and Butterbeer Flavored Treats in anticipation of the long awaited release of the largest book printing in the world!

    This mid-summers eve in Hogwarts Square begins at 5:00 pm and ends when the NEED TO READ sends everyone on their merry way. The 7th and Final Harry Potter installment in the series is available for sale at 12:01am on July 21st at our local book stores The Harvard Coop, The Harvard Bookstore, Curious George Books and Toys, and Newbury Comics.

    All of our Harvard Square stores and restaurants plan to stay open until Midnight with Special Harry Potter themed menus, windows, events and surprises.

    EVENT HIGHLIGHTS:

    WIZARDSTOCK in HOGWARTS YARD - 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm featuring Harry & the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, and the Hungarian Horntails and other special guests!!!

    Hosted by Lesley Bannatyne, author of 4 Books on Halloween and noted “History Channel” expert on Witches, Wizards, Halloween history and events. Lesley will take the wand and led us on our magical and musical journey for the evening…including a little light reading, an ask the witch q & a, a trivia question or two and a few prizes

    This once in a lifetime MUSICAL CELEBRATION of LITERATURE features world renowned wizard rock bands: Harry & the Potters, Draco and the Malfoys, and the Hungarian Horntails and other special guests. Bring a blanket and friends and family to Hogwarts Yard and enjoy the music under the Whomping Willows in the Shade of the Hallowed Halls! The concert area will feature a display Museum Area of Harry Potter Artifacts from the Harvard Museum of Natural History and other "Storied" surprises!


    HIGHLIGHTS OF SQUARE WIDE EVENTS!

    Visit The Harvard Museum of Natural History from July 13th to 22nd to uncover the science behind Harry Potter magic! Find Harry's Hedwig and your own messenger owl, seek the sorcerer's stone; select a personal patronus from many powerful creatures; learn the secrets of the mysterious herbs used in Harry's potions class in the Blaschka ‘Glass Flowers’ gallery; and discover the wonders of thousands of fantastic specimens of nature. Come to the Harvard Museum of Natural History, nab your Museum Marauder's Map and explore. The Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt will be free with museum admission, July 13 – 22.
    Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge. Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 617-495-3045. Admission $9 adults; $7 seniors and students; $6 age 3-18. Free for children under 3, current Harvard ID holders. Free to Mass residents, Sunday mornings 9:00 am to noon.You'll need your finest Hogwarts spell to find a parking place, so take the Red Line T. The museum is just a 6 minute walk from Harvard Square. www.hmnh.harvard.edu

    The Harvard Coop will be distributing wristbands for RESERVED ORDERS starting at 5PM on July 20. Muggles who have placed a reservation for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows with us will be able to be first in line. Wristbands must be picked up in person and are not available until 5 PM, July 20th. Anyone in line must have a wristband. Line will form after the concert (you'll get details when you pick your wristband up).

    The first 500 people with a reserved order will receive a FREE Harry Potter gift bag when they pick their wristband. 8 lucky muggles will receive an extra prize in their gift bag (FREE Harry Potter DVD; Deluxe edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on CD; 2 movie passes to see Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix). More details will be following regarding a costume contest, trivia contests, and candid photos while in line, free treats & lots more - including a "fan fiction" contest. Harvard Coop wristbands will also entitle you to discounts or free beverages at several Harvard Square casual restaurant locations. We can't wait for this party to start....As Harry and The Potters would say: "For Lovers of Books....For Lovers of Music." Reserve your book now at 40% discount (you pay $20.99).
    The Harvard Coop. 1400 Massachusetts Avenue ,617-499-2000 http://store.thecoop.com/coo\pstore/estore_home.jsp

    Harvard Book Store
    Starting at 9 p.m., join us at Harvard Book Store for activities for both kids and adults. Expand your mind with magical classes! Look into your future with our magic ball! Practice your defense against the dark arts skills! Test your Harry Potter knowledge against that of your peers!

    For Harry Potter fans of a certain age, there'll be potent brews served up at Grafton Street Pub & Grille. Younger readers may want to take a break from the noise (and perhaps a small nap before midnight) next door at the Grolier Poetry Book Shop. And everyone will want to partake of the scrumptious ice-creamy treats served up by Toscanini's Ice Cream, back in Harvard Square for this special evening!

    When you purchase this book from us (at 20% off!) you'll help keep Harvard Book Store a thriving member of the Cambridge community.
    Harvard Book Store, 1256 Massachusetts Avenue, 617-661-1515 http://www.harvard.com

    Curious George Books and Toys,
    Harvard Square's only independent children's bookseller will host its
    7th Harry Potter Extravaganza. Doors will open at 8:00 p.m. to welcome all Muggles, both in or out of costume. Our fabulous in-store celebration of all things Harry Potter will include:

    Wand making, Trivia quizzes, Fortune telling, Sweets from Honeyduke's Candy Store, Raffles
    Harry Potter themed snacks and more...

    At 11:30 p.m. Curious George’s doors will close and will reopen at midnight for book sales and pick-ups. Even a wizard will be amazed at how fast the line moves.
    Curious George, 1 JFK Street, 617-498-0062 www.curiousg.com

    Schoenhof’s
    Schoenhof’s carries various Harry Potter titles in approximately 42 languages.
    For July 20th. Schoenhof's will feature a Harry Potter display in our store and street window box. We will offer a 10% discount on Harry Potter titles in stock. Schoenhof's 617-547-8855
    www.schoenhofs.com

    The July 20th Newbury Comics midnight sale will feature 1) new book at 20% off cover p