Harry Potter fans were delighted to learn the story of The Boy Who Lived wouldn't end with book seven. J.K. Rowling announced that the Golden Trio would appear onstage in 2016 in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play in two parts. Anyone who can't make it to the West End to see the show in person can still read the story: the script book will be released this year. If you're wondering where to buy Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, no booksellers appear to be offering preorders now. When it is released, the book will be available both as a hardcover and an ebook, reported BBC News.
The play is set to premiere July 30, but fans won't have to wait long to read the text. The Special Rehearsal Edition of the book will be released first using the script from previews, according to Pottermore. That release date is set for July 31, Harry Potter's birthday, TIME reported. Once the writing is finalized, the definitive collector's edition will serve as the updated version of the book. Rowling didn't craft the tale on her own, according to Playbill: collaborators include director John Tiffany (Once) and playwright Jack Thorne (Let the Right One In).
Set 19 years after the seventh book ends, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child provides a glimpse at Harry's life as a Ministry of Magic employee and dad of three. The show focuses in part on his youngest son, Albus, as he deals with the expectations that come with being a Potter. The truth at the heart of the play, according to its description, is that "darkness comes from unexpected places." The show will actually be performed in two parts; audience members may opt to see both in the same day or split their visit across two evenings. Luckily, for fans who get the book, they'll be able to devour the whole story in one sitting (a throwback to midnight book debuts and ensuing all-nighters).
The seventh Harry Potter book was released in 2007, according to The New York Times. In its first full day on the market, the book sold a record-breaking 11 million copies. At the time, fans thought they were saying goodbye to their favorite wizard. It was a bittersweet debut met with serious delight and genuine grief. But with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, fans are invited to step into the magic once more.