Mumbai potterheads welcome The Cursed Child

  • Anesha George, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 31, 2016 20:39 IST
Alohomora, an event hosted by Books On Toast at The Hive on July 28, celebrated the arrival of the new book (The Hive)

It’s here! If you’re a die-hard Potterhead, you probably have your copy already. If not, this is to let you know that the eighth book in the Harry Potter series hits the shelves on Sunday morning. It’s the first Potter book in nine years, and for some that long gap has dulled the excitement, while for the more ardent, it has, of course, just intensified it.

Suchita Agarwal, 26, for instance, decided to celebrate the end of a long wait by re-reading all seven previous books. And, having turned the last page on …The Deathly Hallows, she is now all set to line up at the nearest Crossword an hour early, at 10 am on Sunday, to pick up her crisp copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in person.

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“I have all the JK Rowling books, but they were all ordered online. This time I wanted the experience of standing in line and waiting eagerly for my copy,” says the freelancer writer.

Others, like businesswoman Abha Shah, 31, decided to take the easier way out. She pre-ordered her copy a week ago and is now waiting for it to hit her doorstep.

“I have a perfect Sunday planned, where I will stay indoors, lapping up every word of my favourite series,” she says.

The response from customers has been encouraging, adds Rishi Khiani, MD of delivery app Scootsy, which has partnered with India Book Distributor to deliver a first wave of copies on Sunday. “We have had over 1,000 pre-orders,” he says.

Book stores and event spaces are cashing in with a slew of events.

The Crossword bookstore at Kemps Corner is offering fans a selfie spot against a replica of the Hogwarts School of Magic, and free butter beer, sorting hat cupcakes and lightning scar cookies with every purchase on Sunday.

The Landmark store in Vashi, meanwhile, is hosting a magic show and handing out Harry Potter-themed bags and stationery to customers.

And the Trilogy bookstore in Lower Parel had so many takers for its Sunday Potter party — including best costume contest, quiz and special reading — that it turned its single event into four events over this Sunday and next weekend.

“Over 500 people have registered,” says co-founder Ahalya Momaya.

Among them is content writer Ritika Parekh, 27. “With so many spoilers and rumours doing the rounds, I cannot wait to meet others who will be as excited as I am to discuss the plot at the Harry Potter party at Trilogy,” she says.

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