‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ book launches in London

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Fans line up to purchase ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ in London after the play by the same name opened across town. Julie Noce reports.

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ book launches in London

Throngs of fans packed bookstores across London for the midnight release of the latest, and apparently last, Harry Potter book.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is the eighth installment in the series and picks up life 19 years later featuring Potter as a 37 year-old employee of the Ministry of Magic and father of three.

The excitement in the bookstore was palpable.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HARRY POTTER FAN DRESSED AS GOLDEN SNITCH, JENNIFER BURCHETT, SAYING:

“…I really don’t have any expectations other than …I know it’s going to be like going back into Hogwarts. It’s going to be so good. That’s my only expectation, that it’s going to be so good.”

(SOUNDBITE) (English) HARRY POTTER FAN, CHRISTINA TENCHAVA, SAYING:

“Honestly, I just have to calm down, go home and read it and then I can go full crazy and go and discuss it with fellow Potterheads and go full Harry Potter.”

The book is based on the script of a play by the same name which opened in London’s West End theatre district earlier in the day.

Theatre goers were just as excited about the story after the performance.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUDIENCE MEMBER, BENJI MILLER, SAYING:

“It’s also a completely different genre to anything I’ve ever seen. It’s not like a musical, It’s not like a, kind of, Shakespeare, it’s just completely different and it’s brilliant.”

(SOUNDBITE) (English) AUDIENCE MEMBERS, EMMA MCDOWELL, SAYING:

“Amazing. Best thing I’ve ever seen.”

The play is about five hours long and is sold out until May of next year.

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