Sunday 31st July 2016
At one minute past midnight, quite a lot of people opened a new Harry Potter book for the first time. Suffice to say, they got a little bit excited.
Please beware of mild spoilers!
It’s been a magical 24 hours for people who rather enjoy Harry Potter. And for some, that magic is only just beginning. In London, bewitched fans made their way out of the Palace Theatre in their scores, having just witnessed opening night of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Meanwhile, all over the world, millions of trembling fingers finally turned the first page of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book, after months of patient waiting.
And so, as everyone finally explores the eighth story in so many different ways, we thought we’d have a snoop on Twitter to see how people are handling it. The result?
No one is keeping their cool.
First of all, people started freaking out before they’d even finished reading the title.
#CursedChild I am about to start reading...I've hung a 'DO NOT DISTURB' sign on the end of my nose— hellooooooooo (@debski2222) July 31, 2016
I just opened #CursedChild to start reading and burst into tears when I saw Harry's name. This is the best day.— Katey Psencik (@psencikk) July 31, 2016
Or couldn’t even handle the book being in the same house as them.
Twenty pages into Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I had to put it down and walk out of the room because I couldn't handle it.— McKenzie Bradley (@Kenz_Bradley22) August 1, 2016
Quite a lot of people were just enjoying holding them, really.
(To a customer)— Dymocks Geelong (@DymocksGeelong) July 31, 2016
"Would you like a bag for that one?"
"No thanks, I just want to stare at it until I get to the car" #CursedChild
Some needed a moment to glide down memory lane before starting Harry’s brand new adventure.
honestly I'm crying watching deathly hallows right now, how will I survive reading cursed child— tyler solo (@poeeffindameron) July 31, 2016
And some made new friends by just buying the book!
Those who had grown up with the books suddenly realised that they too had grown up.
Some people were far too emotional to even open Cursed Child…
Thankfully, a lot of people did.
Two scenes into #CursedChild & now I'm emotional.. I just realised its been 9 years since the last HP book & it's bringing back memories.— Nicole Cooper (@nicolecooper612) July 31, 2016
It wasn’t long before people were digging Jack Thorne’s writing.
Thoroughly discombobulated. This writing is beautiful. New respect Jack Thorne #cursedchild— Christina Johnson (@xChristinaMaria) July 31, 2016
A lot of people read it out with their friends like proper actors.
And there was a lot of love for the new characters as well as our old favourites.
Scorpius is literally killing me. I love him. #CursedChild— Melissa Puskar (@PUSHtheKAR) July 31, 2016
It wasn’t long before people were picking their favourite quotes.
286. "And I'm mildly enjoying it" I love this #CursedChild— Heather (@heatherwooly) July 31, 2016
And feeling a lot of feelings...
Like 50 pages into Cursed Child and I've already experienced 124638 different emotions— Megan Hauck (@meganhauck4) July 31, 2016
And, yes, naturally, lots of people have finished it already.
Midnight release for The Cursed Child was 5 minutes ago, which means some people have already finished reading It.— Richard Newby (@RICHARDLNEWBY) July 31, 2016
Although some are probably pretty sleep deprived.
It's almost 4am and I can't put the #CursedChild down. Send help.— Cali Burrito⚡ (@CaliMarie16) July 31, 2016
So all in all, we think it’s fair to say people quite enjoyed it.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD WAS SO GOOD I AM CRYING— Pamela Chen (@pamelaaachen) July 31, 2016
I JUST FINISHED THE CURSED CHILD AND I'M CRYING SO MUCH I WANT TO PUKE OKAY BYE— dead but delicious (@bewareofspock) July 31, 2016
I have finished Cursed Child and Cursed Child has finished me.— Megan Zimmerman (@Gryffindork75) July 31, 2016
And for many more, the journey is only just beginning.