‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ went on sale today morning. The ‘Harry Potter’ magic hit Asia today, as aspiring witches and wizards crowded into bookstores to get their hands on the first copies of a new play that imagines the hero as an adult. Nearly 300 fans hurried through the doors of Kinokuniya bookstore on Singapore’s Orchard Road at 7:01 am to become one of the first people in the world to see the new script.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set 19 years after the seventh novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — which came out back in 2007 and features a grown-up Potter working at the Ministry of Magic. The script is written by Jack Thorne, from an original story, and its release today coincides with J K Rowling’s birthday.
Harry Potter has now become an adult and has three children with his wife Ginny Weasley. He still has his trademark round-rimmed glasses and the scar on his head, a permanent reminder of his nemesis Lord Voldemort, but must now help his youngest son Albus confront the family’s dark past.
Launch parties for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” were held hours after the play’s premiere in London, setting the stage for a return of the series that has beguiled readers and movie audiences worldwide.
Student Samantha Chua, 24, who along with her boyfriend was first in line, said she had been waiting outside the fourth-floor bookstore since 5 am. “We were here so early that the mall wasn’t even open yet so we had to come up through the cargo lifts,” she told AFP, adding that it was “all worth it”.
(With inputs from AFP)