Harry Potter mania grips world again as 8th book releases July 31

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New Delhi | Updated: July 24, 2016 11:37:48 AM

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is set 19 years after the events of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which released in 2007.

Representative Image: While the research might not lead to the invisibility cloak made famous in J.K Rowling's ‘Harry Potter’ novels quite yet, this practical demonstration could result in a step-change in how antennas are tethered to their platform. (AP)A two-part play based on an original new story by author JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will be staged for the first time at Palace Theatre, London, UK, on July 30. (AP)

The eighth story
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is set 19 years after the events of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which released in 2007. Harry Potter, a father of three and a Ministry of Magic employee, is living the quiet, conventional life he always wanted. Yet, he struggles to escape the haunting past, the demons of which continue to consume him. The story also features a grown-up Albus Severus Potter following in the footsteps of his father and labouring to carry the burden of a family bequest and fortune he hadn’t expected. The story revolves around the father and son duo striving to come to terms with the darkness that lies within. A two-part play based on an original new story by author JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will be staged for the first time at Palace Theatre, London, UK, on July 30. And on July 31—which happens to be Potter’s fictional birthday—the script of the play will be available for sale as a book, becoming the eighth official installment of the series.

Nine-year wait ends

Over 450 million copies of the seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, have been sold worldwide so far. Additionally, they have been distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 79 languages and turned into eight blockbuster films. No wonder then that the release of the forthcoming book is seeing frenzied activity worldwide. Many libraries and bookstores have announced midnight launch parties on the evening of July 30 to cash in on Potter mania. From bedecked bookstores, quizzes and contests to fan events, midnight parties and games, book sellers are all geared up for the publishing event of the year.

Mania grips India
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will go on sale in bookstores across India at 11.30 am on July 31. And keeping up with the Potter fever, book sellers and publishers in the country are all geared up for the mammoth event. Hachette India, the publisher of the book, is running a contest for fans to win a limited-edition author-signed copy of the new book. The contest, which began on July 22, will conclude on August 5. Many other bookstores and libraries across India have planned celebratory events. In New Delhi, Antisocial in Hauz Khas Village is organising a Harry Potter literature and writing workshop. The ongoing workshop, which will conclude on August 6, has onboard guest speakers such as Gurcharan Das, Meenakshi Madhavan Reddy, Sanjoy Roy, Mihir S Sharma, Parul Tyagi, among others, to discuss the themes and nuances in the world of Harry Potter.
While KoolSkool bookstore in Gurgaon will be hosting quizzes for Potter fans on July 31, Cafe Red in Shahpur Jat will organise ‘Harry Potter and the Fragrant Latte’, an evening of boardgames, cosplay and magical conversations to toast the launch of the new book on July 31.

In Mumbai, Trilogy bookstore is hosting a ‘Harry Potter and JK Rowling’ party on July 31. The event will feature quizzes, a costume party, Muggle Quidditch, duels, etc. Creative hotspot The Hive in Khar West, Mumbai, is organising ‘Alohomora: The Harry Potter Extravaganza’ on July 28. You can expect ‘the world’s toughest Harry Potter quiz’, Harry Potter-themed snacks, a Horcrux hunt and much more. At the city’s Crossword Kemps Corner bookstore, you can walk in to pick up your pre-ordered copy and stay on for Harry Potter-themed cosplay, quizzes, among other activities.
Those Mumbaikars who want to get their hands on the book on the publication day itself without having to brave the crowds thronging bookstores, there’s help at hand in the form of Scoosty app, which promises to deliver your pre-ordered copy to your doorstep on July 31 itself.

In Bengaluru, Lightroom Bookstore is hosting a launch party on the evening of July 31 for dedicated Potter fans. You get to feast on ‘food fit for wizards’, among other activities. Chennaivasis can celebrate the launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Crossword bookstore in Alwarpet, which is organising a cosplay contest and scavenger hunt. Starmark Bookstore and Phoenix Market City Mall in the city are organising a wizard party, quizzes and much more. In Kolkata, The Oxford Book Store, along with Kolkatta Bloggers, is organising a host of events on July 30-31 to mark the launch of the book. Events to look forward to include cosplay, quizzes, blogging contests and more. Additionally, Landmark Bookstores will also be celebrating the launch of the book with a picture Housie, a special cake and activities to keep fans engaged in their stores across the country.
Global fever

Libraries and book stores across the US, Canada and the UK have announced midnight launch parties on the evening of July 30. These parties will feature multiple activities such as quizzes, games, magic shows, etc. Barnes & Noble, the US’ largest book retailer, is hosting ongoing celebrations in New York, which will conclude with the book’s launch. The event, which started on June 24, also gives participants a chance to win seven limited-edition cover prints of Harry Potter titles. In San Jose, California, Hicklebee’s bookstore will have members of a teen club perform a reading of the play coinciding with the release of the book. In London, Waterstones, a British book retailer that operates 275 stores across the UK and Europe, will be hosting a midnight party on July 30, with readings from the books and a number of ‘wizardy’ delicacies to be sampled.

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