The script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new play from Jk Rowling is to be published in book form this July. The play premieres in London's West End on July 30th, with the script for Parts 1 and 2 hitting shelves the next day, July 31st.

JK RowlingJK Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will be published in July.

The news was revealed on Rowling’s website Pottermore with a statement reading: ‘Readers and moviegoers last saw Harry waving off his children at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, in the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up after that moment and is staged in two parts, due to the ‘epic nature of the story. The play opens in London’s West End this summer, based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.’

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‘It is officially the eighth story in Harry Potter canon and a new play by Jack Thorne. Print and digital editions will publish simultaneously after the play’s world premiere this summer, and will comprise of the version of the play script at the time of the play’s preview performances.’

David Shelley, CEO of Little, Brown Book Group added in a separate statement: ‘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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Picking up 19 years after the events of Deathly Hallows the play’s official blurb reads: ‘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.’