Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play and Book Coming This Summer
It’s been laid to rest for nine years but you knew that it wouldn’t stay dead forever. Harry Potter is coming back. This July, Harry, friends and family will be taking to the stage in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. If you can’t make it to London, the story will be available worldwide as the eighth book of the Harry Potter series one day after it opens on stage.
The story of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will pick up from the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows which sees Harry send his son Albus off to Hogwarts for the first time. The play’s synopsis indicates this will be a tale of the two generations of Potter. Harry is dealing with his work at the Ministry of Magic where he is an auror while Albus has to deal with the pressures of being the son of a legendary wizard. Naturally, where Potters go, trouble follows.
The story has been created by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany with Thorne taking the story and adapting it for the stage. The scripts for the play’s preview performances will form the basis of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book. The final scripts for the stage versions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II (yes, they’re doing the play in two parts as two separate performances) may differ when the curtain goes up for the first official performance on July 30th. The book will hit shelves at 12:01 AM on July 31st. I would expect midnight book store openings for this just like The Deathly Hallows.
At the risk of sounding cynical, you knew that the Harry Potter franchise wasn’t going to remain dormant forever. The Harry Potter franchise is worth billions and turned Rowling into a billionaire herself. There are too many people who can make too much money off of Harry Potter for it to never again see the light of day. Just wait for the inevitable movie that will bring in hundreds of millions, if not over $1 billion.
By the way, next year is the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone in the US). So over the next year or so, you’ll see special editions of the first book for each of the four houses of Hogwarts, an illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and updated versions of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and Tales of Beedle the Bard.