Harry Potter fans have been waiting nine years for this moment and it seems they were as keen as ever to snap up the next installment in the wizarding saga.
Around the UK, hundreds of bookshops opened their doors at midnight to welcome queues of people wishing to get their hands on the script of the stage show ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.’
It received a number of five-star reviews in the run-up to the release.
Previews have been running since June. At the play’s gala opening hours before the script went on sale, author of the books, JK Rowling, thanked fans for not giving away spoilers ahead of its release.
The Cursed Child is set 19 years on from the Deathly Hallows – the final book in the award-winning series. Harry, Hermione, Ron and the rest are adults, whose own children are heading off to school.
Rowling and Jack Thorne wrote the play, which is being billed as the eighth book in the fantasy series. Split into two parts, it stretches over five hours.