J.K. Rowling at the world premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011. (Joel Ryan/Canadian Press)
If you're a Harry Potter fan, you may want to block off a couple of reading days this summer. Children's publisher Scholastic Canada has confirmed that they will publish a script book of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, and it will be on sale as of 12:01 a.m. ET on July 31. The eighth story in the series, The Cursed Child is based on a new play making its world premiere in London, England, this summer - one day before the publication of the book, on July 30.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
picks up 19 years after Potter defeats Voldemort in the seventh book. A synopsis
says Harry is now an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic, while his youngest son, Albus, struggles "with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted."
From left to right: Actors Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley have been cast as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley respectively. (Simon Annand/Pottermore)
Rowling has since teased Twitter fans with tidbits about the play, including a sketch of wand designs for five of the main characters.
In December 2015, Twitter lit up upon the announcement
that Noma Dumezweni, a black Olivier Award-winning actress, would play Hermione Granger. Author J.K. Rowling, who also wrote the script for the two-part play, embraced the move:
The seven previous Harry Potter books have sold over 450 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 79 languages.
Below, check out a behind-the-scenes video that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child producers released at the end of January.
Meet the Harry Potter generation
CBC Radio's The Current recently did a special investigation into a generation of young people who grew up with Potter - and haven't let him go as they enter adulthood. Listen to their radio documentary about "The Harry Potter generation" below: