Brittany Boyd
Updated Jul 31, 2016 @ 8:58 am
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In the age of Facebook, Twitter and general oversharing, it’s easy to have your favorite television show, movie, or book spoiled for you within a matter of moments. However, when it comes to the Harry Potter fandom, we like to keep things as secret as the Forbidden Corridor of Hogwarts. Prior to the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book release, the play took to the stage at the Palace Theatre in London.

“It’s the most extraordinary fandom,” she told BBC. “I’m not surprised…they didn’t want to spoil it for each other.”Rowling intends to extend the reach of the play in the future and says, “[she’d] like as many Potter fans to see it as possible.”

The play, written by Rowling, writer Jack Thorne, and director John Tiffany is set 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The play, which has been separated into two parts, follows the original trio as they send their own children away to Hogwarts. Previews of the play began in June and was said to have “not massively changed” since that period. Overall, the production has been given several five star reviews and has been called, “game changing.”

In part with the play, a script version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released worldwide at midnight. The date is fitting as it’s both JK Rowling’s and Harry Potter’s birthdays!

In the United Kingdom, over 140 Waterstones bookshops held a midnight release party, with the largest celebrations occurring in Edinburgh and London. Pre-orders for the books have exceeded six figures in the UK, while Barnes and Noble have also reported that the record set forth by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been broken. The numbers are staggering, but it’s no surprise that more than 450 million copies of the books have been sold since 1997.

With Pottermania on the rise once again, fans will be ecstatic for the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them this November.

And, as Rowling says, “whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”