‘Harry Potter’ star Tom Felton visits NYC to sign ‘Beyond the Scepter’ book

STATEN ISLAND, NY – An hour before ‘Harry Potter’ star Tom Felton sold his ‘Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard’ book signing, more than 200 people were milling into queues outside Barnes Fifth Avenue. and Nobel Prize on October 18, 2022.

Fans eagerly await their turn to meet Tom Felton and get a signed copy of his book on his “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up in a Wizard” book tour at Barnes & Noble’s Fifth Avenue October 18, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Gillian Delaney)

Green and silver, the colors of the Slytherin house, were worn by many of those who mingled among themselves as security guards, all dressed in black, leading rounds of people into the warmth of the library beyond.

Curious onlookers paused to ask those present who were waiting. They were met with enthusiastic responses: “Tom Felton! Draco Malfoy from ‘Harry Potter!”

Tom Felton meets a fan for his “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard” book tour at Barnes and Noble Fifth Avenue on October 18, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Jillian Delaney)

Fans came from everywhere to get a signed copy of Felton’s new book and a photograph. Parents pulled their kids out of school, others crossed state lines on birthday trips to New York City and some brought their work with them—one went so far as to bring a laptop and sit on the sidewalk while waiting.

A Harry Potter fan queues to meet Tom Felton and receive a signed copy of his book at his exhibition “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard” at Fifth Avenue Barnes and Noble on October 18, 2022 (Staten Island Advance) / Jillian Delaney)

Erica Pedrosky from Massachusetts came to meet Felton: an early birthday present from her parents.

“I’ve been totally in love with Tom Felton since I was 10,” Pedrosky said. “I love the parts where he was (‘Harry Potter and) the Hollows of Death: Part Two.'” I don’t know what to expect at all (from his book) – I’m so excited… I hope it’s cool.”

Fans eagerly await their turn to meet Tom Felton and get a signed copy of his book on his “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up in a Wizard” book tour at Barnes & Noble’s Fifth Avenue October 18, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Gillian Delaney)

He said, “I might shed a tear[meet him]…it will be my first ‘Harry Potter’ cast member I meet, plus I can go to[Harry Potter’s]store afterwards, so it’s a total experience.” Russell Grayson, resident of Connecticut State, who said he’s been a fan since he was six and saw the actor in the 97 movie “The Borrowers.”

Others came to get signed books for others.

Rosa Robertson waits in line to meet Tom Felton and get a signed copy of his book for her family friend on his “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard” book tour at Fifth Avenue Barnes and Noble in October. 18, 2022 (Staten Island Advance/Gillian Delaney)

“I’m Team Slytherin all the way,” said Rosa Richardson of New York City. “He’s not my favorite ‘Harry Potter’ character, but he’s my friend’s daughter’s favorite ‘Harry Potter’ character, so I’m going to FaceTime her… She’s like, ‘Oh my God, he’s so cute, I’m so obsessed! Very happy for her.”

The man himself was hiding behind a partition surrounded by cream curtains, armed with a sharpie instead of a stick. Security guards carried bags and jackets to give fans the perfect opportunity to meet and greet, with a staff member taking pictures.

Fans eagerly await their turn to meet Tom Felton and receive a signed copy of his book on his “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up in a Wizard” book tour at Barnes & Noble’s Fifth Avenue October 18, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Gillian Delaney)

Even after 2 p.m., hundreds were still queuing to meet him.

While Felton may finish the New York portion of his writing tour, he was scheduled to appear at Barnes & Noble in Paramus, New Jersey, at 7 p.m. on October 18 before heading to Philadelphia on October 19.

“Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard” is now available, with Barnes and Noble rating it as one of the best books of 2022 on its website.

Harry Potter store in New York City

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People wait in line as the world’s largest Harry Potter store opens to the public on June 3, 2020 in New York City. (Angela Weiss via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images

As much as everyone loves a good “Harry Potter” movie day, sometimes you want to physically indulge in magic — and it’s a great place to do it in New York City.

The Harry Potter store, at 935 Broadway, offers a host of things to do, including virtual reality experiences like “Wizards Take Flight” and “Chaos at Hogwarts” — but really, when no Is there chaos at Hogwarts? If virtual reality isn’t your thing, check out Butterbeer Bar, where you can buy a basic “Harry Potter” drink, or an ice cream version.

Since Diagon Alley is located off the streets of New York, the Harry Potter store offers a wide range of merchandise across the “Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” franchises.

Harry Potter on Broadway

If you’d like the magic to continue beyond where Harry, Ron, and Hermione left us at Platform 9 and 3/4, your wish has been granted. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is shown at Lyric Theater on 43rd Street. It explores the different perspectives of beloved characters, and some new characters, as they navigate the bloated darkness.

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