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    With the Cursed Child releasing this Sunday, a roundup of all things Potter.

    The wait is finally over as JK Rowling is back with her new book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, releasing worldwide this Sunday. Based on a two-part play of the same name which officially opens at the Palace Theatre in London on Saturday, it is a rehearsal script and traces the lives of Harry and his younger son Albus Severus Potter. With the launch around the corner, we bring you up to speed with how the world is celebrating the series:

    Wizard Party @ Phoenix MarketCity
    Platform 9 3/4,Hogwarts Express and the wizarding school are not just parts of the books and movies anymore as Phoenix MarketCity brings on Snitches and Cabinets of Curiosity to ring in the launch of the book. Don’t miss an opportunity to dress up as your favourite character, engage in quizzes and duels and win goodies at the Wizards and Witches party at the mall.  The party will also have free breakfast for those who have preordered the books . `754 at the Starmark store. 9 am onwards at lower ground floor.
    Details: 30083007

    Signed copies @Hachette
    As Hachette India releases the Cursed Child in the country, they are also giving away copies of the book signed by Rowling. Make your love for the saga count and tell them how much the series means to you and you could be one of the lucky ones winning an autographed copy. On till August 5.Details: hachetteindia.com

    A book a day @ Odyssey
    Getting your hands on that elusive eighth book may not be so hard after all with Odyssey’s #harrypotterodysseycountdown. With a question a day posed on their Twitter handle and Facebook page, you are one right answer away from winning your own copy of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Details: facebook.com/odysseybookstore

    Cupcakes @ The Brew Room
    Hogwarts-inspired interiors, a special wand and robes station, themed culinary treats and copies of the book ­— ilovereadin’ Library and the Brew Room have a magical Sunday planned for Potter fans. Go dressed as characters from the series and stand to win exciting prizes. Brunch ( `499) includes  sandwiches, cupcakes and beverages among other goodies. Details: 28114700

    Photobooth @ Lightroom
    Lightroom Bookstore, Bangalore is calling out to the wizard or witch in you with their party celebrating the launch of the eighth Potter book. Get a picture taken at their very own cupboard under the stairs, prove your wizarding prowess in their themed quizzes and stand to win exciting prizes while enjoying some yummy treats from Patisserie Nitash to ring in the magic. Details: 08025460466

    Potter talk @ Antisocial
    Celebrate Rowling’s new book with a literature and writing workshop organised by Antisocial cafe. Join guest speakers like Gurcharan Das, Meenakshi Madhavan Reddy among others as they discuss the series. In New Delhi. Details: 07838652039

    Stamped copies @  London
    Go dressed in your best wizard attire and enjoy themed drinks, food, games and quizzes bringing the Pottermania alive at the midnight launch of the book at Waterstones, one of UK’s leading bookstores. Entry at 15 pounds includes a stamped copy of the new book. Details: waterstones.com

    Contests @ Landmark
    Visit the Landmark website for their Potter Quiz, a seven-stage contest with each level having 10 questions, each right answer worth 10 points and just five seconds to get it right. Fans who collect 100 points get vouchers worth `100. You can also register to pick up your preordered copy on day one on their website. Lucky ones might also get to take home an exclusive sling bag. Till July 31. Details: pottermania.in (quiz); seamonkey.in/hplp/ (to register)

    Quidditch @ Trilogy
    Quidditch for muggles, costume parties and much more awaits fans at the Trilogy Bookstore, Mumbai, at their party on Sunday.
    Those who want a copy of the book sans the long queues outside stores can now just download the Scootsy App which promises to deliver your pre-ordered copy to your doorstep in Mumbai on Sunday. Available on iOS
    and Android

    Signed copies @Hachette
    As Hachette India releases the Cursed Child in the country, they are also giving away copies of the book signed by Rowling. Make your love for the saga count and tell them how much the series means to you and you could be one of the lucky ones winning an autographed copy. On till August 5.Details: hachetteindia.com

    A book a day @ Odyssey
    Getting your hands on that elusive eighth book may not be so hard after all with Odyssey’s #harrypotterodysseycountdown. With a question a day posed on their Twitter handle and Facebook page, you are one right answer away from winning your own copy of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Details: facebook.com/odysseybookstore

    “Some things about the play were, I think, possibly even more beautiful than the films. Having seen it, I felt more connected to Hermione and the stories than I have since Deathly Hallows came out, which was such a gift.”
    — Emma Watson, played Hermoine Granger in the movie series

    “Do attempt the O.W.L examination (Harry Potter Quiz) that will determine your worthiness for a `20,000 gift prize!”
    — Murugan Rajan, Centre Director, Phoenix MarketCity

    “These are stories that people have lived with for their whole lives, they’ve grown up with and now they’re adults re-joining the tale, picking it up where they left off and I’m one of them.”
    — Jamie Parker, plays Harry Potter on stage

    “This will be such an incredible theatrical experience that I’d love us to be able to surprise people and move people, in the natural way that a story should surprise and move people.”
    — JK Rowling, author

    Text: Lavanya Lakshminarayanan  with inputs from Kairvy Grewal and Barkha Kumari

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