Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s script of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is going to be published as a book moments after midnight on 31 July.
Timed to coincide with the boy wizard’s birthday, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II will be published by Little, Brown in the UK and Scholastic in the US. As well as Harry’s birthday, it is also the day after the play opens in London. Pottermore, JK Rowling’s online encyclopaedia for the Harry Potter universe, will simultaneously publish the ebook edition.
Rowling is working on the play with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany, which is an official sequel to the original seven books. It will be set 19 years after the end of the final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, published in 2007. Harry Potter is now “an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children”, according to a synopsis published on Pottermore last year, and the play will focus on Harry’s youngest son, Albus Severus.
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