JK Rowling has praised fans for keeping the secrets of stage show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, BBC reports.


Speaking at the gala opening at the Palace Theatre in London, the best-selling author said fans had been "amazing" at avoiding spoilers.


"It's the most extraordinary fandom, so I'm not surprised... they didn't want to spoil it for each other."


Thousands of fans later queued outside bookshops across the world for the play's script release at midnight.


Rowling said that she would like the new Harry Potter play to be seen widely around the world.


Asked if the show would head to Broadway, she told the BBC: "I'd love it to go wider than that. I'd like as many Potter fans to see it as possible."


The story, by Rowling, writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, is set 19 years after the seventh and final book in the series, the Deathly Hallows.


It portrays the stars of the Rowling's wizarding saga as adults with their own children heading off to school.


Photo: BBC

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