By Hannah Perrin 02/10/2016
Muggles around the world are rejoicing.
J.K. Rowling’s eighth installment in the Harry Potter franchise is now becoming a book.
“We are so thrilled to be publishing the script of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,'” said David Shelley, CEO of Little, Brown Book Group, in a statement. “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 — and so we are absolutely delighted to be able to make it available for them.”
The last time fans saw Harry Potter was 17 years after his time at Hogwarts. Harry, and his partners-in-crime Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, are on Platform 9 3/4 sending their children off to Hogwarts for the first time.
“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” picks up right at that scene and follows Harry and his son, Albus’ struggles living with their family name.
The play is the first Harry Potter installment to hit the stage. It is based off the original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, who also wrote the play.
The “special rehearsal edition” script will be released this summer on July 31 at midnight, a day after the play’s opening night in London. The script is not the final edition, allowing the play’s creative team in London to make changes during previews.
For muggles looking to save paper, Rowling’s Pottermore, a popular fan site, will also be releasing the “special rehearsal edition” in eBook form the same day from publishers Little, Brown Book Group in the UK and Scholastic in the US and Canada
A “Definitive Collector’s Edition” of the final script is set to be available later.