Staying up until midnight before release day to grab copies of the latest “Harry Potter” book straight from the shipping box became hallowed tradition for a generation of young readers. Now, the New-York Historical Society is offering a late-night Potter fix of a different kind.

The museum announced Friday that it will extend its hours during the final week of “Harry Potter: A History of Magic.” Beginning Jan. 21 and continuing through the exhibition’s final day (Jan. 27), the museum will be open until 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and until midnight Friday and Saturday. It will close at 6 p.m. on Thursday and 7 p.m. on Sunday.

“Harry Potter: A History of Magic” has proved a blockbuster exhibition for the museum, which has devoted considerable resources to it through additional programming, such as trivia nights led by a costumed staff member — complete with a cash bar and J.K. Rowling-inspired cocktails. (Those eager young midnight-release Potter fans have long since turned 21, of course; some may take advantage of the extended hours to bring along children of their own.)

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The exhibition unpacks Potter’s origins, looking at Rowling’s initial writing process but also at the history of magical myths in a broader sense through some of series’ cultural and scientific influences.

More information, including a schedule of special events, can be found at

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