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In pictures: New Harry Potter book launch

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', the script book of the play of the same name by JK Rowling, writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, is set 19 years after the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, 'The Deathly Hallows'.

In pictures: New Harry Potter book launch
Copies of the book 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' are displayed on the day of its release at a bookstore in Hong Kong on July 31, 2016. 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', the script book of the play of the same name by JK Rowling, writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, is set 19 years after the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, 'The Deathly Hallows'. Rowling's books have sold more than 450 million copies of Harry Potter since 1997 and been adapted into eight films. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: New Harry Potter book launch
Piles of the new Harry Potter script book 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two' are pictured inside Waterstones bookshop on Piccadilly in central London early in the morning of July 31, 2016, during the midnight party celebrating the publication of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two' script book. Harry Potter fans were buzzing with excitement Saturday as 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', a stage play that imagines the fictional boy wizard as a grown-up father of three, opened in London. The script will be released in Britain at midnight on Saturday (2300 GMT), with bookshops planning to stay open into the wee small hours to satisfy the desires of Potter fans. July 31 is the birthday of both Rowling and Potter. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: New Harry Potter book launch
Harry Potter fan, Fran Plagge (R) poses for a photograph after being the first person to receive the new Harry Potter script book inside Waterstones bookshop on Piccadilly in central London early in the morning of July 31, 2016, during the midnight party celebrating the publication of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two' script book. Harry Potter fans were buzzing with excitement Saturday as 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', a stage play that imagines the fictional boy wizard as a grown-up father of three, opened in London. The script will be released in Britain at midnight on Saturday (2300 GMT), with bookshops planning to stay open into the wee small hours to satisfy the desires of Potter fans. July 31 is the birthday of both Rowling and Potter. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: New Harry Potter book launch
Piles of the new Harry Potter script book 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two' are pictured inside Waterstones bookshop on Piccadilly in central London early in the morning of July 31, 2016, during the midnight party celebrating the publication of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One & Two' script book. Harry Potter fans were buzzing with excitement Saturday as 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', a stage play that imagines the fictional boy wizard as a grown-up father of three, opened in London. The script will be released in Britain at midnight on Saturday (2300 GMT), with bookshops planning to stay open into the wee small hours to satisfy the desires of Potter fans. July 31 is the birthday of both Rowling and Potter. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: New Harry Potter book launch
Two fans show their purchased new book 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' during the launch at book store in Singapore on July 31, 2016. Rowling's books have sold more than 450 million copies of Harry Potter since 1997 and been adapted into eight films. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: New Harry Potter book launch
Children hold their book during the launch of the new book 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' at a book store in Singapore on July 31, 2016. Rowling's books have sold more than 450 million copies of harry Potter since 1997 and been adapted into eight films. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: New Harry Potter book launch
Children watch a video preview at a book store during the launch of the new book 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' in Singapore on July 31, 2016. Rowling's books have sold more than 450 million copies of harry Potter since 1997 and been adapted into eight films. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: New Harry Potter book launch
Stacks of new book 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' are displayed at a book store during its launch in Singapore on July 31, 2016. Rowling's books have sold more than 450 million copies of harry Potter since 1997 and been adapted into eight films. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: New Harry Potter book launch
Fans rush as a book store opens its door for the launch of the new book 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' in Singapore on July 31, 2016. Rowling's books have sold more than 450 million copies of harry Potter since 1997 and been adapted into eight films. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)
In pictures: New Harry Potter book launch
Indian youths take a 'selfie' with a copy of J.K. Rowlings new book 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' during an event to mark the book launch at a mall in Chennai on July 31, 2016. Harry Potter magic hit Asia, as aspiring witches and wizards crowded into bookstores to get their hands on the first copies of a new play that imagines the hero as an adult. (Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images)