'Harry Potter' play tickets sell out in hours

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Details Revealed for New Harry Potter Play

Following in the footsteps of Star Wars: The Force Awakens just over a week ago, the launch of ticket sales for the upcoming Harry Potter stage play on London's West End caused widespread pandemonium online on Wednesday morning.

The first batch of tickets for performances of the two-part Harry Potter and the Cursed Child went on sale at 11 a.m. GMT, selling out in a matter of hours. By 7 p.m., after the producers released tickets for the second period going up to Jan. 2017, more than 175,000 had been bought, with many customers complaining of the website crashing or being stuck in virtual queues for hours.

Just moments after selling out, many of the tickets began resurfacing on Ebay and re-sale websites, with prices topping $2,000. The play's official Twitter account issued warnings that people shouldn't look to resell their tickets on alternative platforms, but almost 50 were still for sale on Ebay Thursday morning.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will start previews at the Palace Theater next summer, is set 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Death Hallows Part 2, and follows the former boy wizard and his son Albus, who struggles under the weight of his family legacy.

Tickets for an additional booking period are set to be released on Oct. 30.

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'Harry Potter' play tickets sell out in hours
I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year.
It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. #CursedChild
I don't want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. #CursedChild
However, I can say that it is not a prequel! #CursedChild
To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question - why isn't #CursedChild a new novel? - I am confident that when audiences see the play
they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story. #CursedChild
I've had countless offers to extend Harry's story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team! #CursedChild
It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry's story. #CursedChild

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