By now, you’ve heard the news: Harry Potter’s story has an eighth chapter, in the form of play and script book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! This is what Potter fans have been waiting for since closing the book on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows seven years ago. Way back then, J.K. Rowling left the Weasley-Potters (Harry and Ginny) and the Granger-Weasleys (Ron and Hermione) in a very good place: dropping their kids off at the Hogwarts Express for their first year. The grownups were safe, the kids were Hogwarts-bound, and all was well.
Until now, thank goodness.
According to the brief and tantalizing synopsis of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, set 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, the Boy Who Lived is now a working stiff, pulling long hours at the Ministry of Magic and (presumably) coming home to his lovely, Quidditch correspondent wife. Meanwhile, youngest son Albus Severus Potter is struggling to live up to his name—or, perhaps, to duck the responsibility it comes with. Encroaching darkness is promised, as are links to Harry’s complicated, marvelous past, and, of course, lots and lots of magic for all—particulalry the lucky Muggles who managed to get tickets to the London-based production. (Start working on your Apparition skills now, American No-maj.)
The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book arrived on July 31, the day after the play’s premiere. For the first time since 2009, Potter fans around the world will get to experience what it feels like to read a book thousands (millions?) of other people are reading at the same time—to, essentially, have a massive book club with a fandom that has members of every age, in every country. Few things unite readers in this crazy world the way Potter does, and the arrival of an eighth chapter of his story is cause for massive celebration.
Order your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child today!