Harry Potter and the Cursed Child To Be Published As A Book July 31st

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be published in book form, coming to bookstores July 31st.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new story from J.K. Rowling, known as the “eighth Potter tale” set post-19 year later, will be released in book form to the public on July 31st. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Publishers Weekly just announced that The Blair Partnership, which is J.K. Rowling’s literary and brand management agency, announced the launch of a brand new “publishing program of new print and digital titles from J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.” Said program launches at 12:01am on July 31st (Harry Potter’s birthday, don’t you know!) with the launch of the “special rehearsal edition” of the script book of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II.”

The play is written by English playwright Jack Thorne, “based on an original story by Rowling, Thorne, and John Tiffany.” All three authors’ names will appear on the book jacket.

The “special rehearsal edition” consists of the play’s script from the stage production’s early preview period–which may not exactly match the final script being performed on London’s West End stage. The e-book will be released via Pottermore, also at 12:01am. According to Publisher’s Weekly, this version is something of a special edition, and only available for a limited time.

According to the Blair Partnership, this joint publishing project is a response to “massive public demand” and is designed to bring the new Harry Potter story to fans around the world who may not be able to see the stage version. The “special rehearsal edition” will be available for a limited time, and will be replaced by a “definitive collector’s edition” at a date to be announced.

The publishing program has several more titles in the pipeline to roll out through the next three year through 2019. Those include:

  • An edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, planned for 2017, which contains new content from Rowling;
  • the next illustrated volume, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, illustrated by Jim Kay (October 2016);
  • licensed tie-ins to the Warner Brothers feature film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (for which Rowling penned the screenplay)

This is HUGE. Though it is being released in screenplay form instead of a novelization version, this is the first Harry Potter book to come out in a decade, with Rowling’s name on it as the author. It also means that those who can’t get to London and see the show (or New York if it does well enough to come to Broadway) can know what happens in this final Harry Potter tale.