‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Play to Become a New ‘Harry Potter’ Book, Sort Of
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to make its debut on London’s West End this summer, offering a new sequel of sorts in the franchise, but one that will only be performed as a play. However, there’s some good news for all the devoted Harry Potter fans who won’t be able to attend the stage production: the script for the play will be published as a book in July — July 31, to be precise, which just happens to be one Mr. Potter’s birthday.
Via Pottermore, J.K. Rowling has officially announced plans to release Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a book. Although the play was not written by Rowling, she did develop the story with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the latter of whom wrote the actual script. So technically, sort of, kind of, there will be an eighth Harry Potter book — even though it’s not actually a novel, but it will come in the shape of a novel and tell a complete sequel story.
The published script will be based on the one used during the show’s preview run, which begins on July 7, so if there are any changes made between the previews and the official run, those will not be reflected in the book. You’ll have to fly over to London (on a plane, not a broom, okay?) to see the finished product for yourself.
Here’s the official description of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which picks up 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
That sounds incredibly intriguing, right? Thankfully, you don’t need to worry about making travel plans or buying pricey theatre tickets to find out what happens next.