I grew up with the “Harry Potter” series, so I’m kind of kvelling right now. (Actually, let’s be real: I just suggested that the Kveller team plan a Ravenclaw party, but that’s besides the point.) Almost nine years after the release of the final “Harry Potter” book, fans will now be able to enjoy an eighth story on July 31, 2016 (which is totally Harry Potter’s birthday, by the way).
Little, Brown UK announced the news on Twitter today:
Little, Brown is thrilled to publish the #CursedChild script book https://t.co/3ToUeDApDk pic.twitter.com/sBt6PlA50g
— Little, Brown UK (@LittleBrownUK) February 10, 2016
“The Cursed Child” will be a sequel to the novels that will follow the beloved characters and their children (feel old yet?) 19 years after the final book, which already available for preorder. Rowling summarized the plot on her website Pottermore in October:
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“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.”
It is important to note that this story is not a novel, but a play, which will debut in London, with previews starting in June. The book being sold is the script for the play. Recently, Rowling was in the media for supporting the decision to cast black actress Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger, as she tweeted:
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Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione 😘https://t.co/5fKX4InjTH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 21, 2015
Right on. We’re getting our owls ready to pick up our orders.