Ever since J. K. Rowling broke the news of the new Harry Potter play, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, Internet fans have wondered and lamented about how they would ever get to see the play being performed in London’s West End. Eventually the play should make a world tour, but that doesn’t mean it will come to every Potterhead’s city. Now fans can relax a bit with the announcement that the play’s script is being bound in book form and being released just after the play’s opening. Interesting note, the play opens on July 31st, which just happens to Harry Potter’s birthday. The book’s publisher, Scholastic announced the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II with this tweet:
— Scholastic (@Scholastic) February 10, 2016
This won’t be the only version of the script available as this is the Special Rehearsal Edition of the play. Many time plays will hold rehearsal performances with audiences to work out the kinks in the production.There will be changes, as there always are in both the lines and actions so that means there will be a slightly different play performed when the play’s official run begins. That means that the Special Rehearsal Addition will be followed by the Definitive Collector’s Edition, which includes all the changes made during rehearsal performances.
The eighth story in the Harry Potter sage, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and focuses on the older Harry, an employee of the Ministry of Magic. Harry’s got some things to work out and so does his youngest son, Albus Severus Potter. 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.