Pottermore has announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be the official eighth book in the Harry Potter series, with the script book of the new stage play being released July 31st, the day after the play premieres. Set 19 years after Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II will tell the untold part of the Harry’s story, including the story of the lives of his murdered parents, and Harry’s own family.

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 first edition of the script to be released will be the the ‘Special Rehearsal Edition’, which will later be replaced by a Definitive Collector’s Edition. But don’t close your wallets yet. October 2016 sees the release of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets illustrated by Jim Kay.

And 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Next year will see the publication of four special editions of the first book in the UK, one for each of the four Hogwarts houses. There will also be a brand new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2017, with new content by J.K. Rowling, as well as new formats and editions of the Hogwarts Library books – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.

So start saving your galleons.

Pre-order Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II : The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production

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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.