Launch Party

Relive all the fun of the book’s launch party at Books of Wonder on July 31st, 2018!

Everyone feasts on cake made by Deanna Benfante

Naturally, the cake was lemon-flavored and covered in lemon drops, in honor of Albus Dumbledore.

Julie Stevens sings “For the Greater Good”

Local singer Julie Stevens performed a wizard rock song to kick off the festivities, originally written and performed by The Butterbeer Experience.

Lyrics

Who are you, Dumbledore?
Thought I knew, but now I’m not so sure.
You were my, my hero,
But now I find you may have lied about everything,

Six years you, you taught us
Truth, love and honesty.
But now you’re not with us.
Was there any truth to your legacy?

Was your whole life a lie?
Was Rita Skeeter finally right?
Was Elphias Doge just glorifying?
Did you too believe that magic was might?
You touched our lives,
Helped in every way you could,
And I just can’t believe that you were
Working for the greater good.

We wanted your wisdom,
Your courage, your selflessness.
But your past is foggy,
Were you selfless or just self-obsessed?

Was your whole life a lie?
Was Rita Skeeter finally right?
Was Elphias Doge just glorifying?
Did you too believe that magic was might?
You touched our lives,
Helped in every way you could,
And I just can’t believe that you were
Working for the greater good.

Was your whole life a lie?
Was Rita Skeeter finally right?
Was Elphias Doge just glorifying?
Did you too believe that magic was might?
You touched our lives,
Helped in every way you could,
And I just can’t believe that you were
Working for the greater good.

Madame Cassandra delivers a prophecy

d. Irby, in character as renowned Seer Cassandra, delivered a prophecy foretelling the publication of this book.

The book with the power to understand Dumbledore approaches…
Born to those who have thrice revised him,
Born as the seventh month dies.
He was a great wizard with no equal,
But with schemes and plots the reader knows not.
He will be judged by the pen of the author,
His lies unraveled ‘til no secret survives.
The book with the power to understand Dumbledore approaches…
Born as the seventh month dies…

Albus Dumbledore answers questions from the audience

The subject of the book, Professor Albus Dumbledore, showed up to read a bit from his biography, and to talk to the attendees about all they wanted to know.

The question of Dumbledore’s sexuality is addressed in song and dance.

Celestial Warmbottom sang (or rather, rapped) her song “Dear J.K. Rowling” as several characters performed a dance number (originally by the Dancing Death Eaters, with choreography by Irvin Khaytman).
Featuring Irvin Khaytman as Albus Dumbledore, Ignacio Melgar as Gellert Grindelwald, Mari M. as Madam Pomfrey, Angelica C. as Minerva McGonagall, and Sheila Simmons as Madam Rosmerta.

Irvin Khaytman does a Q&A

The author of the book finally showed up to talk to the audience about the book… and anything else they asked!

Happy birthday, Jon!

The organizer of The Group That Shall Not Be Named, Jon Rosenthal, shares a birthday with Harry, Jo, and this book. Naturally, this was celebrated during the event with a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday!”

Irvin Khaytman signs books… and more books… and still more…

There were so many books to be signed! And people to hug! And pictures to take!
If you got individual photos with the author during the signing, they can all be found under Photos with the Author.

For anyone who wants to look back,  here are the links to the event page on MeetupFacebook, and Books of Wonder.