Harry Potter is returning to bookstores this summer with the release of the script for the upcoming London play which follows the wizard as an adult. Be excited people, this is probably the closest we’ll ever get to a new Harry Potter book!
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child depicts the hero as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic and father of three children who is grappling “with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs”, the Scholastic Corp publisher said.
The play has been partly written by J.K. Rowling and opens to the public on 30 July, with much anticipation building over it, reports Squareeyed.
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It will be performed in two parts, with audiences watching it over two nights or as separate performances in one day. The book will be released on 31 July in the UK, US and Canada.
The Pottermore website read: “A host of new print and digital publishing has been announced from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, including a Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book of new stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II.
“Print and digital editions will publish simultaneously after the play’s world premiere this summer, and will comprise of the version of the play script at the time of the play’s preview performances.
“Theatre previews allow the creative team the chance to rehearse and explore scenes further before a production’s official opening night. Harry Potter and the Cursed Childopens for previews several weeks before its official first performance on Saturday 30 July and the Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will later be replaced by a Definitive Collector’s Edition.”
Billed as a “special rehearsal edition”, the first printing of the script may vary from what is seen on stage in London, Scholastic said, noting that a second edition will be published with the final script.
The seven Harry Potter books concluded with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in 2007 as Harry finally defeated his nemesis, the evil wizard Lord Voldemort. Eight feature films were released by Warner Bros, with the final book presented in two movies.
More than 450 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide in 79 languages and the movies have grossed more than $7bn (£4.8bn) worldwide.