We were all excited last year when the Harry Potter play was announced and even more excited to find out it will be the ‘8th Harry Potter’ book that will continue the story with Harry as an adult. We even scrambled to try and get tickets to the first showings but we were unsuccessful. Now, it was announced today that the play will be released as a book.
Before you get too excited, it won’t be a novel – it will be the official ‘scriptbook’ of the play. So, anyone not able to come to London to see the play will be able to at least find out the story.
From Pottermore today:
Big things are coming this year from the Wizarding World, including the Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book of new stage play ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II’. 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 Child opens 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.
Readers and moviegoers last saw Harry waving off his children at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, in the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up after that moment and is staged in two parts, due to the ‘epic nature of the story’. The play opens in London’s West End this summer, based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. It is officially the eighth story in Harry Potter canon and a new play by Jack Thorne.
So, great news all around for Potter fans. I know we’ll be snapping up a copy as soon as they’re available.