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In Tweets: Harry Potter mania takes over as thousands flood streets of Kensington

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Harry Potter mania takes over Kensington – Jul 31, 2016

Still waiting for your letter from Hogwarts? Well, many Harry Potter fans found their way to the all-wizard village in Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood Sunday.

Kensington was transformed into Harry Potter’s magical Diagon Alley in celebration of the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – a play written by J.K. Rowling with Jack Thorne and Jack Tiffany. The new addition to the series has Harry grown up with his own children being sent off to Hogwarts.

Pages Bookstore is where you could pick up a map to all the stores participating in the event, or you could download it on the Kensington website.

The book came out at midnight on July 31 and is J.K. Rowling’s eighth novel.

READ MORE: Kensington gets Harry Potter makeover to mark newest J.K. Rowling book

A total of 24 stores participated in the fun offering unique shopping experiences in the busy community, there was also live readings, scavenger hunts for the golden snitches, quidditch matches in Riley Park and costume contests.

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There was also a donation opportunity during the script reading at the Plaza Theatre for The Lumas Foundation which helps orphans and children with disabilities from extreme poverty.

The special event didn’t come without traffic jams and road closures. Lineups of hundreds of people snared traffic all the way down Kensington Road on both sides. Many fans came in full costume as they wandered the area with their map.

The event lead to Calgary Transit rerouting their buses.

The event even lead to Calgary Transit rerouting their buses due to over overcrowding.

The event not only coincides with the release of the new book, but also J.K. Rowling’s birthday.

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