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‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ to Be Published as Book

An eighth Harry Potter book is to be released this summer – containing the script for a new stage play telling the wizard’s story.

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Scholastic and author J.K. Rowling’s digital arm Pottermore announced today that the upcoming “Harry Potter” stage production, “Harry Potter & the Cursed Child Parts I & II,” will be published as a script book on July 31. It will be available as a “special rehearsal edition” at 12:01 am, retailing for $29.99 in hardcover or as an ebook for $14.99 via Pottermore.

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The book arrives the day after the world premiere of the stage production at London’s Palace Theatre on July 30.

The play is based on a story that Rowling wrote with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, with Thorne writing the script. This is the first major Potter story since the publication of the final book in the series in 2007, although Rowling has published short stories on Pottermore over the last few years.

In “Cursed Child,” the story picks up 19 years later with Harry Potter now a father whose youngest son, Albus, is learning to deal with the family legacy. A press release describes it: “As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.”

According to a representative from Scholastic, the initial first-print run is yet to be determined.

David Shelley, chief executive of the publishers Little, Brown Book Group – who will publish the UK edition of the book, 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.”

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British author J.K. Rowling poses for photographers as she announces her new website project Pottermore at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Thursday, June 23, 2011.

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 30 July. The hardback and ebook will go on sale at 0001 on 31 July.

Jamie Parker, currently starring in the West End show Guys and Dolls, will star as an adult Harry in the production. Noma Dumezweni, known for her 2006 Olivier Award-winning role in A Raisin in the Sun and for stepping in at the last minute to replace Kim Cattrall in Linda at the Royal Court, will play Hermione Granger. London Road star Paul Thornley will play Ron Weasley.

The play was first announced in December 2013, after the author said she had “received countless approaches” over the years “about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production”.

2016 is proving to a big year for Rowling already. Along with “Cursed Child,” the “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” hits theaters on Nov. 18, starring Eddie Redmayne. Rowling wrote the script.

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