J.K. Rowling to release ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ script

To coincide with the stage show hitting London, fans can buy the text from July 31

A brand new Harry Potter book is due for release later this year.

Author J.K. Rowling announced today (February 10) that fans will be able to get their hands on the script for the forthcoming Potter stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, on July 31.

The script, which has been written by Jack Thorne, will be released in bookstores the day after the play’s premiere at London’s Palace Theatre.

While the text hasn’t technically been written by Rowling herself, it is based on a story she worked on with Thorne and John Tiffany and is officially the eighth book in the Potter series.

The version of the script that hits shelves in July will be the one used in the preview performances, with any changes made set to be reflected in a later edition.

According to Rowling’s Pottermore website, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up after the moment Harry waves his children off from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters, 19-years after the Battle of Hogwarts, in the epilogue to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.


Back in December, Rowling hailed black actress Noma Dumezweni for taking on the role of Hermione Granger in the stage show, stating that despite Emma Watson playing the part for many years, the character’s race was “never specified”.

Jamie Parker has been cast as Potter, while Paul Thornley will play Ron Weasley in Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, which opens on July 30, 2016.