February 10, 2016


'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Sequel Play Being Published as a Book Too

Warner Bros./Newsmakers
Warner Bros./Newsmakers

Gallopin' Gorgons and gulpin' gargoyles!! Harry Potter and the Cursed Childthe two-part stage play sequel to the originally no-questions-asked-absolutely-final Potter book, 2007's The Deathly Hallows, is getting its script printed for the entire world to read. Go ahead and unshed those tears about not being able to afford a trip to London and a theater ticket that costs more than the trip to London, Potterphiles. You'll get to read this thing July 31, 2016, the day after it premieres onstage on the West End.

Check out Scholastic's announcement:

With that hashtag, we're guessing this will be a straight publication of the play's script, written by Jack Thorne, an English TV writer, "in collaboration with" J.K. Rowling. The author—who has written four non-Potter books since her series concluded, including three under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith—has said the stage "was the only proper medium for the story" and the first pitch to pique her interest after "countless offers to extend Harry's story over the years."

Here's the rub about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's plot:

"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."

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sold 175,000 tickets in its first 24 hours on sale. It made headlines in December for casting a black actress as Hermione Granger (and, to a far lesser extent, a non-redhead as Ron Weasley).

Here's a better look at the (possibly non-final) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book cover: