ABC 4 | TROLLEY SQUARE | JULY 30, 2016
ARTICLE: Aldo Vazque
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the 8th installment in the series
By: Aldo Vazquez
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) - Hundreds of "Muggles" descended onto Trolley Square Saturday night to anxiously await the midnight release of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.'
People of all ages gathered in front of Wellers Book Work in Salt Lake City for a Harry Potter Book Release Party put on by Salt Lake Comic Con.
"We kinda wanted to give fans kind of a nostalgic party, I guess, for the new one that's coming out because it's highly anticipated," said Salt Lake Comic Con Community Outreach Director Britnee Bartlett.
Coming almost 10 years after the 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,' fans have been eager to find out what Harry Potter has been up to after all these years and all grown up. 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' is based off the stage play currently being performed in London written by Jack Thorne. The book was written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The 8th installment in the Harry Potter World takes place 19 years after the events of the Battle of Hogwarts and follows the life of Harry , who is now working at the Ministry of Magic, and his son Albus Severus Potter.
The launch party included everything from cos players, games, contests, magic shows, a Sorting Hat ritual for kids, panels and discussions, and so much more.
Fans of the books had so much to do leading up until the midnight release of the book.
"I never wanted to think that it was the end just because it was, it just seemed so never ending," said Emily Casselman.
Guests also had the opportunity to purchase Salt Lake Comic Con tickets at the event which takes place Septemeber 1-3.
Salt Lake Comic Con Co-Founder Dan Farr says, Harry Potter is such a big part of Salt Lake Comic Con and Salt Lake City. Salt Lake has some of the biggest Harry Potter fans in the world and they are looking forward to incorporate more of the magical world of Harry Potter at this years event. Farr also teased that an actor who plays a beloved character in the movies may be coming to Salt Lake Comic Con, but wouldn't elaborate more on who that might be, only saying we'd find out very soon.
'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,' goes on sale July 31st, which also happens to be J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter's birthday's.