MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – It’s confirmed. Another Harry Potter book will be out this year.
On Twitter, Scholastic announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 and 2 will hit bookstores on July 31 – also Harry Potter’s birthday. The book is based on the play written by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The play will begin its run later this year. (READ: JK Rowling reveals upcoming ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’)
In a statement on the Scholastic website, Ellie Berger, president of Trade Publishing, said they are pleased to be printing the book version of the play.
“As the US print publisher, Scholastic introduced Harry Potter and JK Rowling’s Wizarding World to American readers nearly 20 years ago and experienced firsthand the anticipation and excitement of the publication of each of the books over the years,” she said. We are thrilled to publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer.”
The play picks up 19 years from the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. According to Pottermore, a treasure trove of information for all things Harry Potter, the story will center around Harry and his son, Albus Severus.
“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,” said the official synopsis on publisher Little, Brown’s website.
Little, Brown CEO David Shelley said the firm was “thrilled” to be publishing the script.
“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,” he added.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Rowling also clarified that only the script, written by Jack Thorne, is being published.