Harry Potter fans across the UK went into frenzy mode on Thursday (August 4) when 250,000 new tickets to stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child were released.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the thousands of tickets to see the play, co-written by J K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, completely sold out in just five hours.

Many patient fans queued online for hours to procure seats to the much-anticipated play, with some unlucky Potterheads missing out on the experience.

The play's script, published last weekend, is already the fastest selling book of the decade.

What's the play all about?

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the latest instalment in the popular franchise.

The story continues 19 years after the events in the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry, who now works at the Ministry of Magic, and his son Albus Severus who attends Hogwarts.

Here's how you can get your hands on brand new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book

A detailed plot is yet to be revealed as JK Rowling wants fans who see the play and read the script to keep it a secret by promoting the hashtag #KeepTheSecrets.

Is there any other way to get tickets?

Every Friday at 1pm, 40 tickets are released for every performance the following week, with some of the best seats in the theatre. Customers will be chosen at random for the tickets. These tickets are known as The Friday Forty.

These Friday Forty tickets will secure you a seat for both Part One and Part Two consecutively.

They are only available online, so click here on Friday at 1pm if you have missed out on the general release to be in with a chance to win them.

Keep up-to-date with the latest news about the play, or apply for Friday Forty tickets on the play's website .