New Harry Potter script book cast its spell on Ayr


Harry Potter was casting a spell on his Ayrshire fans this weekend.

The Pottermaniacs followed the latest exploits of JK Rowling’s wizarding characters in the storyline of the new play following on from the original books.

Waterstones staff on Ayr High Street opened Saturday night for a special event, as well as opening at midnight Sunday to welcome fans of all ages keen to get a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II.

Then on Sunday, another fun Potter-themed day took place at the Carnegie Library.

Waterstones Store Manager Kenny Bryan said: “We had a party on Saturday night, with about 70 people here. We had a lot of Harry Potter related activities and games, and everything went really well.

“We had 20 other people at midnight for the opening, so it was popular. We had people of all ages, which shows how popular books are.

There was a lot of laughs at the Carnegie Library party on Sunday, with live owls, games, fancy dress and competitions.

There has been a big reaction to the new book – complete with dialogue and stage controls – which has been hailed as the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, but is actually the script of a two-part play, which has officially opened on Saturday in west London. No more rave reviews.

It is based on a new original story by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

It picks up Harry’s story 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts and the defeat of Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Kenny added, “This is our best-selling book in years. We are now starting to run out of copies.

“But it has been a really exciting time for everyone, both customers and staff!

“One of the girls who works here went to London to see the premiere of the play. She loved it.

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