PICTURES: Harry Potter fever in full swing as dozens attend midnight book launch

Harry Potter fans in Worthing did not wait to get their hands on J.K Rowling's latest instalment.

Sunday, 31st July 2016, 10:55 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 7:13 pm
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104435001

Dressed in witches and wizard costumes, dozens of people headed to Waterstones in Montague Place for a special midnight launch of the latest book in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The store opened at 11.30pm on Saturday night (July 30), ready to distribute the book to excited fans at exactly midnight.

The play script, by Rowling, writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, is set 19 years after the seventh book in the series, the Deathly Hallows.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104312001

It portrays the characters of the magical saga as adults with their own children heading off to school.

The Worthing branch was one of 140 Waterstones stores across the country to host special late-night openings to celebrate the book launch.

The company said its pre-sales of the book had exceeded six figures and it fully expected the Cursed Child to become the best-selling book of this year.

For more information on the play, or to buy tickets, visit www.harrypottertheplay.com.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104334001

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104404001

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104424001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104446001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104456001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104344001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104506001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104312001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104334001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104354001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104404001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104424001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104446001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104456001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104344001
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch at Waterstones in Worthing. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-160731-104506001