Rejoice, Harry Potter fans! J.K. Rowling has just dropped the bomb and announced that the widely successful book series is about to get its eighth installment very soon.
Entitled “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II,” the new book continues the story of our favorite Gryffindor trio Harry, Ron and Hermione and picks up where the epilogue left us all wanting for more of the saga.
If you recall, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” closes the curtain after Harry waved off to Albus and the children at Platform 9 ¾, 19 years after the epic and memorable Battle of Hogwarts and Voldemort’s end.
As Pottermore notes, the eighth installment entails Harry’s life as “an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.” Meanwhile, his son, Albus, struggles with the legacy of the Potters.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will first debut as a stage play by playwright Jack Thorne in London’s West End on July 30. Jamie Parker from “The History Boys” is cast as Harry Potter, Noma Dumezweni takes the role of Hermione and popular film and TV actor Paul Thornley is Ron.
The book edition will also happen to launch a day after the stage play (July 31) and it’s also interesting to note that the said date marks Harry’s birthday. Print and digital editions will also come out simultaneously.
Next year, we’ll also see four special editions of the first party in the United Kingdom, with every edition belonging to each of the four Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw. It doesn’t stop there, however, as there will also be a brand new edition of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” complete with new content written by J.K. Rowling herself to be out next year.