Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Fans in Mumbai rejoice as eighth book releases

Benita Chacko

Aug 01, 2016 19:40:41 IST

The nine-year-long wait of Harry Potter fans came to an end on Sunday, 31 July, when the latest instalment in the series — a book of the play that continues the story of Potter and his friends — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child released worldwide. While Potterheads across the world were excitedly waiting their turn in long queues outside bookstores to get their hands on the latest book, a visit to Crossword Bookstore, Kemp's Corner in Mumbai gave a glimpse into Potter's magical world.

The incessant rains did not dampen the spirits of the fans, who had lined up in front of the shop since early Sunday morning, with umbrellas in hand, waiting to grab their first copy. Rishi Redkar, 25, who has been an avid Harry Potter fan for the past 15 years, lined up outside the store at 8:30 am and became the first to receive the new book in the store.

"During the release of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I was third in the line so it is a great feeling to have made it first this time," said Redkar. "I did not expect it though and I was quite surprised."

Many fans had come to the store dressed up as Harry Potter characters well equipped with wands and wizarding currency.

Also read: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review: JK Rowling casts a neat time-travel spell with this eighth book

The store, on its part, had organised many events to add to the excitement. Harry Potter quizzes, tattoos, live band performances, flash mobs, and a birthday cake for Harry Potter and JK Rowling formed a part of the celebrations. The store staff were seen helping customers in robes, the wizarding world look completed by glasses and scars.

Kinjal Shah, CEO, Crossword Bookstores, was overjoyed by the tremendous response to the book.

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Watch all the excitement from the store here:

Updated Date: Aug 01, 2016 19:40:41 IST

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