Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II, the eighth book in the series, is to be released this summer.
The new book contains the script for a new stage play telling the wizard’s story.
A hardback edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II will be released on July 31, the day after the play has debuted on stage.
The book sees Harry Potter as a father and an overworked Ministry of Magic employee.
The play is from an original new story by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will tell the “untold part” of the boy wizard’s story, including the story of the lives of his murdered parents, JK Rowling has said.
It will pick up the story 19 years after Harry was last seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, waving his two eldest children off to Hogwarts.
The script’s ebook will be published simultaneously with the print editions.
David Shelley, chief executive of the publishers Little, Brown Book Group said: “We are so thrilled to be publishing the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
“JK Rowling and her team have received a huge number of appeals from fans who can’t be in London to see the play and who would like to read the play in book format – and so we are absolutely delighted to be able to make it available for them.”
The special rehearsal edition of the script book will comprise the version of the play early in the production’s preview period and is therefore subject to being changed before the official opening.
Previews of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begin in May at London’s Palace Theatre, with both plays set to open on July 30. The hardback and ebook will go on sale at 0001 on July 31.
Jamie Parker will star as an adult Harry Potter in the production.
The artwork for the upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been released.
Published on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter website Pottermore, the images show a young boy in a nest with wings.
The play, split over two parts, is designed to be seen either on the same night, or over consecutive evenings.
Producers have also announced it is going to be a sequel to J.K. Rowling’s books, focusing on Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus.
“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,” a synopsis reads.
“As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”
Previews will start in June 2016, at the Palace Theatre in London.
Early performances will have some cheap tickets on sale for just £10 per part, rising to £15 for the official run.
Harry Potter fans have suggested the nest and wings in the picture are reminiscent of a Golden Snitch, the smallest ball used in a game of Quidditch.
The final Harry Potter book ends with an epilogue – set 19 years after the main plot concludes – featuring Harry and his now-wife Ginny seeing their son off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Previously J.K. Rowling has refused to give away many details about the plot of the play, saying she did not “want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans”.
A new Harry Potter movie starring Eddie Redmayne – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – based on a screenplay written by J.K. Rowling, is expected in 2016.
Harry Potter stage play will open in London’s West End in 2016, author J.K. Rowling has announced.
Called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the play will tell the “untold part” of Harry Potter’s story, including the story of the lives of his murdered parents.
However, J.K. Rowling said on Twitter the play was “not a prequel”.
The play will run at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016, with tickets on sale this autumn.
J.K. Rowling said she chose to make the announcement on June 26 because it was “a very special day” – the 18th anniversary of when her debut book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was first published in the UK.
However, the author was tight-lipped about the plot of the play, saying she did not “want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans”.
J.K. Rowling added: “To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question – why isn’t Cursed Child a new novel? I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story.”
The play was first announced in December 2013, after J.K. Rowling said she had “received countless approaches” over the years “about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production”.
Although the new story has not been written by J.K. Rowling, it is a collaboration between herself and writer Jack Thorne – who previously adapted Let The Right One In for the stage and won a BAFTA for his work on Channel 4’s This is England ’88 – and John Tiffany, who will also direct the play.
The play will be produced by Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, and British singer Imogen Heap will provide the music.
Producers originally said the play would explore “the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast”.
“Featuring some of our favorite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard,” they said.
J.K. Rowling’s seven Harry Potter best-sellers were adapted into eight blockbuster movies starring Daniel Radcliffe as the boy wizard.
She is making her screenwriting debut on Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, due in cinemas next November.
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