By Maia Jarvis
A midnight launch event saw dedicated fans queue inside the Brunel Shopping Centre in Swindon to get their hands on the latest installment in the Harry Potter series.
There has been much anticipation surrounding the eighth story which was evident at the midnight release at Waterstones. The book store opened its doors at 9pm so readers could queue to collect their pre-ordered editions of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.
Refreshments, namely Butter Beer, were provided by local coffee specialist 222 and Sweets Galore stayed open to provide sugary snacks for the expectant fans. In addition to food, several familiar characters entertained younger readers including a Hagrid look-alike, a Witch and a Wizard. In order to decide who would receive the first copy, Waterstones held a raffle with all proceeds going to the Free Dobby appeal, with Dobby the House-Elf himself close by to receive the funds in person.