I think it’s safe to say that the Harry Potter fandom was excited when J.K. Rowling confirmed that the upcoming stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, would be the official 8th installment in the franchise. Unfortunately, there was some disappointment lingering around the announcement as well from the fans that wouldn’t have the opportunity to go and see the stage play.
How long would they have to wait before the play was eventually made available to the public? How long would they have to wait to find out the rest of Harry’s story?
Turns out, not that long.
Pottermore has officially announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 will be turned into a script book on July 31st, one day after the stage play’s premiere at the London Palace Theatre. It will be published as a “special rehearsal edition” and go on sale in two formats, as a hardcover edition for $29.99, and in an ebook format via Pottermore for $14.99.
Picking up 19 years after the events in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the play is set to follow Harry Potter as an adult and father, while his youngest son, Albus, is struggling to live up to his family’s legacy. The official press release for the play described the story as what happens when, “past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.” The play was based on a story created by Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, with Thorne going on to write the script.
Honestly, this doesn’t come as that much of a surprise. As one of the many Potter fans who would love to digest the play in its intended format, but probably doesn’t have a trip to London planned anytime in his near future, I was hoping that Rowling and co. had some kind of plan in store for the fans who weren’t lucky enough to see the play version of the story. As the first officially published Harry Potter story though since Deathly Hallows in 2007, the hype around Cursed Child is beginning to grow. With two premieres that fans can look forward to now as well, 2016 is beginning to sound more and more like the year Potter fans have been desperately waiting for.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 will premiere at London’s Palace Theatre on July 30th. Meanwhile, the book will be released the following day on July 31st.
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