Where and how to celebrate the “Harry Potter Book Night 2020” in the United Kingdom

The universe of magic and fantasy created by the English writer

J.K. Rowling

 It has long since transcended books to become a global phenomenon that reaches everything: cinema, entertainment, marketing, travel, theater … And although it has some critics, the truth is that it has, above all, a Immense tide of people who want to believe in magic.

And all are called on February 6, for the sixth consecutive year, to celebrate the “Harry Potter Book Night”, an international event that pays homage to this fantastic work and that, how could it be otherwise, has its epicenter in the United Kingdom, the birthplace of its author.

Every year there is a different theme, and this 2020 the chosen one is «The Tournament of the Three Wizards», from the fourth book of the series, «Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire». Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing, which has the rights to publish in English for all of Europe, has explained that the purpose of Harry Potter Book Night is “to celebrate the wonderful novels of J.K. Rowling, and transmit the magic to young readers who have not yet discovered these unforgettable books ». The first one was published 23 years ago, in 1997 and the seventh and last one in 2007. The entire series was later adapted to the cinema in eight films.

As they explain from the editorial, in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”, the protagonist and three other competitors must face challenges in a dangerous contest in which they will test in different ways his magical prowess, his boldness, his powers of deduction and the ability to face danger “and directly question the followers:” Are you brave enough to put your name in the chalice of fire? ” Thus, this February 6, they say, “the magicians, witches and Muggles” (that is, the unfortunates who cannot do magic) from all over the world “are invited to participate in their own tournament, competing in lovely games, making crafts magical and testing their skills with a variety of activities »for all tastes and ages.

The only thing necessary is to have the wands ready to unleash the magic and choose one – or several – of the hundreds of activities that will be available throughout the British geography and also around the world. Tonight’s scope and spell is of such dimension that even families and groups of friends celebrate at home with theme dinners or parties.

This was explained to ABC Georgia Male, a lover of the Harry Potter universe who shares the passion with her husband since they were teenagers and have also passed it on to their three children. “We have not missed a single night of these,” he says, “and we have chosen activities according to the age of the children, but this year we will go out during the day and at night we will prepare a costume dinner at home that will also come grandparents and some friends and in which we will read our favorite passages from the books ».

Your choice for daylight hours is a “walking tour” or guided walking tour through central London. But the options are almost endless: for example, the Waterstones bookstore in Piccadilly, in the center of the British capital, will feature Levi Pinfold and Jonny Duddle, illustrators of some of the editions; and they will also raffle a ticket to attend the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Other bookstores in this chain and many more will have magic shows, costume contests, workshops on how to make potions and concoctions, tournaments and competitions, gifts, raffles, readings and even special activities for children with special needs, such as Autism or also exclusively for adults. “Put on your costume, dust off your wands and practice your spells while we welcome you to our stores for more Harry Potter fun!” They ask from Waterstones.

Since its launch in 2015, Harry Potter Night has become one of the most relevant events of the literary calendar in the United Kingdom and around the world. And of course an event of these dimensions would not be complete without its presence on social networks, so fans can share all the details using the hashtag #HarryPotterBookNight that is already expected to become a trending topic as has happened in previous years . With more than 500 activities worldwide, there is no excuse for not being part of one of the most magical nights of the year. .

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