A New Harry Potter Book Is Coming. Kind Of.
The final installment of Harry Potter‘s story, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, hit bookshelves way back in 2007, and we’ve said goodbye to the Hogwarts heroes’ onscreen incarnations too. And while Harry lives on in our imaginations, and our Pottermore accounts, plus special trips to Universal Studios AND the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spinoff movie, one new Potter project was farther out of reach: The upcoming play, staged way across the pond in London. But today (February 10) brings good news: You’ll be able to read the eighth Potter story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, in book form this summer.
Publishers Little, Brown UK announced they’ll publish the play’s script on July 31, following the show’s opening. It’s not a total J.K. Rowling original, as it was written by Jack Thorne in collaboration with the franchise’s creator, but we’ll take it…right?
In case you’d been avoiding the play’s plot because the FOMO was just too real, it’s as follows, via Pottermore:
“The eighth story. Nineteen years later.
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.”
The play, which will be presented in two parts and promises a cast of at least 30, has also drawn headlines for casting a black actress, Noma Dumezweni, as Hermione. Rowling told fans she approved of the choice, tweeting that she never specified Ms. Granger’s race in the series: “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified.”
Meanwhile, we’ve got far more important issues to consider: Is a book written by a new author still a legit eighth Harry Potter book? Would you still trek to London to see the stage show for yourself? Isn’t the idea of an adult Harry Potter working a bleak desk job kind of depressing on an existential level? Or will you take a new Potter tale any way you can get it? Weigh in.
— Little, Brown UK (@LittleBrownUK) February 10, 2016