‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ book release celebrated at Strand Bookstore

Unless you’ve been living in the Muggle World, you probably knew that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” — the eighth official installment of the much-beloved book series — was released in bookstores nationwide at midnight Saturday night. The “Cursed Child” is co-written by J.K. Rowling, playwright Jack Thorne and theater director John Tiffany.

The Strand Bookstore had one of the largest launch parties in the city Saturday night, selling nearly 1,000 preordered copies of the book.

The Strand transformed into a buzzing world full of magical creatures and wand-brandishing witches and wizards. Here’s who (and what) we spotted at the launch party.