Scholastic, Little Brown UK to Publish “Cursed Child” Script This Summer!
Only a couple of weeks ago, we were cautiously optimistic that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be published as a book sooner than we had originally hoped, meaning that those fans unable to make the trip to London to see the show wouldn’t be missing out on reading the next chapter of Harry’s (and Albus’s) story. Now, we have confirmation – the full script of Cursed Child WILL be published this summer!
In the US and Canada, Potter publisher Scholastic will publish Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, and in the UK, Little Brown will publish the same title. The book will be released on Harry’s (and Jo’s!) birthday: July 31, 2016. Of course, this is only a day after the play officially opens (although it does run in previews for a few weeks prior), which means that readers around the world will get the chance to read the story almost in real time, greatly reducing the risk of running across spoilers on the Internet.
In the US, the book will cost $29.99, and in Canada, it will be priced at $39.99. The British hardcover will be £20. A digital edition will be released via Pottermore simultaneously.
Information released by the publishers today states that this edition will contain the script of the play as it stands during the production’s preview period – a Special Rehearsal Edition. As further rehearsal and transition to performing in front of live audiences may produce changes to the script, this edition will only be available for a limited time – a Definitive Collector’s Edition with the final version of the script will be released at a later date.
Here is the current concept art for the cover of the book:
The CEO of Little Brown Book Group UK, David Shelley, said of the announcement:
We are so thrilled to be publishing the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. J.K. 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 – […] so we are absolutely delighted to be able to make it available for them.
Scholastic’s promotion for the book’s release has already got us excited (and planning which robes we’re going to wear to the midnight release, of course):
— Scholastic (@Scholastic) February 10, 2016
This is a developing story, and we will let you know as we learn more!