The bookstore chain will celebrate Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s 20th year in print with parties at hundreds of its locations.

By Nora Horvath
Updated January 25, 2018
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Twenty years ago, American readers were introduced to The Boy Who Lived when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stonewas published stateside for the first time. On February 3, Barnes & Noble stores across the country will be hosting Harry Potter Book Nights to mark the occasion.

For die-hard fans, these events are sure to bring back memories of the midnight release parties that happened alongside each new book release. Fans would stand in line at the stores for hours, many in costume, with the promise of being one of the first people in the world to get their hands on a copy of the newest book in the series.

At Harry Potter Book Night, older fans will get to relive the magic of those release parties, and younger readers will have the opportunity to be introduced to the wizarding world.

Fans who visit their local Barnes & Noble after 6 p.m. will first participate in a Sorting Ceremony to find out if they are a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin. Once sorted, attendees will be invited to participate in a number of Fantastic Beasts-themed events, such as “What’s in the Beastiary?,” where they must guess the name of a mythical creature based on clues. The day will conclude with a Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The Illustrated Editionposter giveaway.

Hundreds of Barnes & Noble stores across the country will be hosting the event, and customers should contact their local Barnes & Noble Store for more details.