Expect-o big crowds for launch of new 'Harry Potter' book this weekend


Remember the times when people would line up for hours and hours to get the latest "Harry Potter" book? Well, they're back this Sunday.

Of course, this isn't a new novel from J.K. Rowling, but the script from the new play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," which will debut in London this Saturday and is based on a story by the famous author and scriptwriters Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.

On Sunday, a special rehearsal edition script of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts 1 and 2" will be released in book form.

It will give Potter fanatics a chance to return to the world of wizardry and Hogwarts for the first time since the final book "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" was released in 2007.

According to the synopsis, the play picks up 19 years after the book and centers on Harry's son Albus, who makes his first appearance in the "19 years later" epilogue of "Deathly Hallows" and who is now off to Hogwarts.

Harry, meanwhile, is an "overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic" who has to "grapple with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs."

While not expected to reach the hysteria seen over Rowling's books, the new release is still expected to be in huge demand at bookstores and department stores across the country, as well as online.

The Pioneer Press has pulled together a list of places you can get your hands on the book immediately at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, which includes the Roseville Barnes & Noble – as well as the countless launch parties that will be held across the metro area throughout the day.

Minnesota-based Target is among those gearing up for a magic weekend, with stores offering an exclusive bonus poster depicting the view of Hogwarts from the village of Hogsmeade with every book purchase, according to a news release.

Target stores across the state and country will have Harry Potter "shops" full of wizarding products, including the early books, clothing, adult coloring books, figurines and DVDs of the film series for the first two weeks of August.

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