Potter Mania

We’ve got the info on where in and around Westchester you can spend a spellbinding Friday night counting down to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Our top picks in red.



We’ve got the info on where in and around Westchester you can spend a spellbinding Friday night counting down to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Our top picks in red.

 

Northern Westchester:

 

What: A Potter spelling bee, a costume contest, snacks, and a “great Snape debate,” where the likelihood of Snape’s turn to evil or good will be discussed.  This will all be part of the store’s Grand Hallows Ball” celebration.

Where: Borders, White Plains (162 East Main St, Mt. Kisco)

When: Friday, July 20th, 9:30pm-Midnight

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $20.99

Phone: (914) 241-8387

 

What: “Midnight Madness,” featuring Harry Potter Scene It at 8pm, a musical performance by Sweet Amaryllis playing inspirational songs at 8:30, a performance by the Black Hart Players, performers who usually entertain at Renaissance fairs at 9, a Harry Potter trivia contest at 10pm, a dramatic reading of the last chapter of the last Harry Potter book at 11pm, and a photo station, face painting, wand making, and trivia contests throughout the night.

Where: Barnes & Noble, Cortlandt Town Center (3089 East Main Street Route 6, Mohegan Lake)

When: Friday, July 20th, 8pm-Midnight

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $20.99

Phone: (914) 528-6275

 

Central Westchester:

 

What: A spelling bee, a raffle to determine who gets to be first in line, a costume contest, and a “great Snape debate,” where the likelihood of Snape’s turn to evil or good will be discussed.  This will all be part of the store’s Grand Hallows Ball” celebration.

Where: Borders, White Plains (Westchester Pavilion, 60 S. Broadway, White Plains)

When: Friday, July 20th, 9pm-Midnight

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $19 if pre-reserved, $20.99 day of.

Phone: (914) 421-1110

 

What: A spelling bee, a crossword contest, a costume contest, fortune telling, face painting, drawing demonstrations, a raffle to see who gets to be first in line with the prize presented by the town supervisor, and a “great Snape debate,” where the likelihood of Snape’s turn to evil or good will be discussed.  This will all be part of the store’s Grand Hallows Ball” celebration.

Where: Borders, Scarsdale (680 White Plains Rd., Scarsdale)

When: Friday, July 20th, 9pm-Midnight

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $20.99

Phone: (914) 725-4637

 

What: Face painting, potion demos, trivia challenges, and a visit from the staff at the nearby Greenburgh Nature Center who will bring over live snakes and tarantulas for creepy crawler lovers to see.

Where: The Scholastic Store (450 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale)

When: Friday, July 20th, 9pm-midnight

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $26.43, but it must be pre-ordered.

Phone: (914) 725-7201

 

What: Midnight Opening

Where: Waldenbooks, Rye (106 South Ridge St, Rye)

When: Friday, July 20th, Midnight

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $20.99

Phone: (914) 937-3370

 

What: “Harry Potter Book Bingo Festival,” featuring Book Bingo, a game where readers match answers to Harry Potter themed questions to spots on a Bingo card, and lots of snacks.

Where: White Plains Public Library (100 Martine Ave, White Plains)

When: Friday, July 20th, 4pm-6pm

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: N/A

Phone: (914) 422-1480

 

What: “Midnight Magic,” featuring wand and wizard-hat making, a scavenger hunt, Harry Potter games, face painting, tattoo art, Harry Potter trivia, raffles, and a special reading of the sixth Harry Potter book.

Where: Barnes & Noble, White Plains (City Center, 230 Main St, White Plains)

When: Friday, July 20th, 7pm-midnight

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $20.99 ($18.89 for members)

Phone: (914) 397-2420

 

What: Crafts for kids, the opportunity to make a spell book, a trivia scavenger hunt, photo opportunities with a cutout of Harry Potter, and more.

Where: Barnes & Noble, Crossroads (Crossroads Shopping Center 431 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains)

When: Friday, July 20th, 9pm-midnight

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $20.99 ($18.89 for members)

Phone: (914) 946-3337

 

What: "Animals of the Wizarding World," a program where visitors can learn more about snakes, spiders, rats, and owls.  Wizard costumes welcome.

Where: Greenburgh Nature Center (99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale)

When: Sunday, July 22nd, 2pm

Cost for event: $5 (members free)

Cost for book: N/A

Phone: (914) 723-3470.

 

Southern Westchester:

 

What: “Stew Leonard's Harry Potter Party,” featuring a costume contest, craft stations, food, and a midnight reading of the first chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Where: Stew Leonard’s (1 Stew Leonard Drive, Yonkers)

When: Friday, July 20th, 10pm-1am

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $19.99 (which includes a free 2-litter bottle of Pepsi)

Phone: (914) 375-4700.

 

What: “A Hogwarts Open House and Harry Potter Book Release Party,” featuring fortunes, wand-making activities, costumes, desserts, trivia contests, and a countdown to midnight.

Where: New Rochelle Public Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle)

When: Friday, July 20th, 9pm-12:20am

Cost for event: Free, but registration is required

Cost for book: $34.99 if pre-reserved, but all profit goes towards library programs.  Further, the library will be one of the few in the county to let patrons check out the book on its release date.

Phone: (914) 632-7878

 

What: Costume contests, a “Potter bee” spelling bee contest, Potter Bingo, a king and queen of the ball contest, free posters to all who pre-reserve the book, and a “great Snape debate,” where the likelihood of Snape’s turn to evil or good will be discussed.  This will all be part of the store’s Grand Hallows Ball” celebration.

Where: Waldenbooks, Yonkers (8 Mall Walk, Yonkers)

When: Friday, July 20th, 10pm-Midnight, wristbands being handed out at 10am

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $20.99

Phone: (914) 476-6900

 

What: Fortune telling, a challenge game, and other events.

Where: Barnes & Noble, Yonkers (2614 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers)

When: Friday, July 20th, 8pm-Midnight

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $20.99 ($18.89 for members)

Phone: (914) 771-6400 7716411

 

Connecticut:

 

What: A “Potter-party” featuring, trivia, movies, a costume contest, snacks, and gifts for kids 6-15 years old.

Where: Just Books, Too (28 Arcadia Rd, Old Greenwich)

When: Friday, July 20th, 8pm-12:01am

Cost for event: Prepayment of one book per family

Cost for book: $34.95

Phone: (203) 637-0707

 

What: Line quizzes, and other events depending on demand.  This will all be part of the store’s Grand Hallows Ball” celebration.

Where: Borders, Greenwich (173 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich)

When: Friday, July 20th, 9pm-midnight

Cost for event: Free

Cost for book: $20.99

Phone: (203) 869-6342

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