Jacksonville 'Harry Potter' Fans Line Up For Midnight Book Release

Jul 31, 2016

On Sunday morning, at precisely one minute past midnight, a new Harry Potter book was released for the first time in nearly a decade…and a small Jacksonville bookstore was ready.

San Marco Books and More conjured up a midnight launch party for fans who couldn’t wait another second to get their hands on “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” 


People were already lining up outside at around 11:30 Saturday night, nearly nine years to the day that book seven, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” first hit book shelves.

The San Marco Square lions don Gryffindor-colored scarves before the "Harry Potter" book release party.
Credit Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT News

Desiree Bailey is co-owner of the tiny San Marco Square bookstore.

“I’m very excited because I think it’s fun, and in light of everything that’s going on, it’s really nice to come together with a common good heart,” she said.

Bailey said around 100 people reserved the book online and came to the party to pick it up, many wearing costumes.

Eighteen-year old Andrew Greene got his 12-year old brother, Landon, to wear his Gryffindor hoodie for the evening, but he wouldn’t tell him why.

“I didn’t know why I was here because Drew never told me it was a surprise. I still don’t know what we’re doing. When I heard it was released, I thought it was amazing. I was so ready, I was so pumped for it,” Landon Greene said.

The eighth Harry Potter book is actually a script. Its release coincided with the debut of the play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at the Palace Theatre in London Saturday night.