Monday 19 March 2018

New Harry Potter work spurs return of book-buying queues

Heather Rowan and Emma Rowan with the new Harry Potter book. Pic: Mark Condren
Heather Rowan and Emma Rowan with the new Harry Potter book. Pic: Mark Condren

AlanO'Keeffe and Meadhbh McGrath

Harry Potter fever returned to bookshops this weekend as the latest Potter instalment hit the shelves - after a wait of almost 10 years.

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', based on the play written by JK Rowling, playwright Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, was being snapped up by die-hard Irish fans around the country.

Hundreds of people joined long queues for the midnight launch on Saturday night at Hodges Figgis in Dublin's Dawson Street.

"Demand was two or three times greater than we expected," said the shop's lead bookseller Tom Hoban yesterday.

"Almost 1,000 people arrived for the midnight launch, (with) another long queue this morning when we opened," he said.

At Eason's flagship store in Dublin's O'Connell Street, a queue formed before a special 10am opening yesterday.

Five members of staff were dressed as characters from the blockbuster novels.

"I've read all the Harry Potter books," said Tomas McGovren (9) from Douglas, Cork, who was visiting Dublin with his father David (49). "I'm really interested in wizards," he said.

Emma Rowan (15) and her sister Heather (24) from Malahide, Dublin, said they are also hoping for a new Potter book series.

Irish Independent

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