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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child launch

Shreeja R/Ishani Mehta
31 Jul 2016 | 11:52 am

“All was well”, are the words we were left with in 2007 when J.K. Rowling put the beloved Harry Potter series to bed and left us with a potter-shaped hole in our hearts

And then on July 31, 2016, all wasn’t well, the worldwide release of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child - the unexpected yet highly anticipated eighth to the phenomenal franchise by J.K Rowling - saw magical mayhem erupt world over and saved fans from the mundane muggle reality they’ve been living for nine long years.

For, of course, help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it and fans have been yearning for a portal back into the wizarding world.

In Dubai, Virgin Megastores, Mall of the Emirates was our room of requirement, transforming into Hogwarts between 1.30 am and 4am for the enchanting occasion that was Harry Potter’s 36th birthday party.

After years of living undetected Friday’s very own witches - Ishani and Shreeja - received their letters of acceptance and ticket to the Hogwarts express from Platform 9 ¾ to the join the celebrations.

1--ticket

Aboard the scarlet express

Their first foray into the school of witchcraft and wizardry saw them join the leagues of Hogwarts’ notorious pranksters.

We solemnly swear they were up to no good.

2--store

Let us in!

3-platform

Best do it at a run

4--sisters

First-year Gryffindor Marie-Sophie (9) and little sister Amaranth (7)

5--directions

Point me

6--honeydukes-sweets

Honeydukes’ sweet nothings (cockroach clusters are delicious)

7--great-hall-tables

Dinner is served at the Great Hall

8--house-flags

Of Lions and Serpents

9--hagrid

 With the keeper of the  keys. Ha, ha, Hagrid

10--snape

Snape. Always

11--pregnant-fan

Mum-to-be Farida, 25, promises to raise her baby a dyed-in-the-wool potterhead

12--Tonks

Don’t call me Nymphadora. It’s Tonks (or Erin Human, 33, from Dubai)

13--convict

Escaped convict/potter fan

14--slytherin-fan

Slytherins are great too. Muskan Saha, 13

15--owls

Trunk call

16--mischief-managed

 We’ve got our copy!

Mischief managed.

Shreeja R/Ishani Mehta

Shreeja R/Ishani Mehta