There’s a new Harry Potter book coming out!
Well, not quite. J.K. Rowling worked with playwright, Jack Thorne, and director, John Tiffany to create the eighth Harry Potter story. This time, it’s a play.
The play premiers July 30th. On July 31st, the Special Rehearsal script will be available in bookstores.
It’s still exciting. We’re going to find out where Harry, Hermione and Ron are at now. We’re also going to find out how their children have handled their parents fame. Here’s the official synopsis:
“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.”
In fact, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is two plays, meant to be seen back-to-back. So far, the play is only showing in London, England. Tickets are sold out well into 2017 (as of July 2016).
Rowling might have had a riot on her hands if we had to fly to London to experience the eighth story. So she’s releasing the script as a book to the rest of the world. Pre-order sales for the book broke records. This first release is the script that they are using for the previews of the play. A Definitive Edition will be sold in 2017 with commentary and stage notes.
Usually, when a play is previewing, the theatre company asks that newspapers and media hold their reviews until the official premier. However, the West-End, where the play is showing, says reviews can be published on July 26th, 4 days before the premier.
Two London papers couldn’t wait (the Mirror and the Telegraph). They posted rave reviews about the performance back in June when the previews started. Nothing much was revealed in the reviews. The writers just gushed about how well the story fit the stage and how exciting it was to see Rowling’s world of witches and wizards open up again.
Have you pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
What do you predict happens to Harry and his son, Albus Potter?