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rowling_harry potter and the cursed childThis weekend, fans all over the world got to have an experience we thought we’d never have again: the anticipation of a new Harry Potter book. The release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two, the script of the new London play of the same name, created all the excitement you might imagine. The tradition of midnight madness was revived, and Siân and I attended one of many midnight release parties. There were decorations, Snape Crepes, ever-intensifying trivia, a clever scavenger hunt…it just so happens that Brookline Booksmith has some fervent Potter fans on staff, and the store was filled with lots more of them, all vying for House points. (As a Hufflepuff, I congratulate Ravenclaw on its victory.)

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Here at the Horn Book, we have our critical hats on most of the time. But sometimes, we just want to put on the Sorting Hat. Or a Caesar Flickerman wig. Or Anne of Green Gables braids.

This week, we’re featuring articles, blog posts, and all sorts of goodies that pay tribute to unabashed fans. Because look how much we’ve written about Harry Potter. Because we’re obsessed with the Hunger Games and His Dark Materials and the Baby-Sitters Club. Because fans create new material based on their obsessions, and their creations are worth exploring. And because we’re a bunch of nerds. Celebrate fandom with us!

If you need to finish Cursed Child first, we understand.

For more in our Fan Week series, click on the tag Fan Week 2016 and see #HBFanWeek on Twitter.

Shoshana Flax About Shoshana Flax

Shoshana Flax, assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons College. She is a member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee.

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