Not even I am above the excitement for the release of the rather late addition to the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
, the script-turned-book. Either in celebration or in admittedly geeky anticipation, I'll be posting some rather Harry-centric fodder over the next 10 days. (Apologies in advance if you are over the whole Harry Potter thing. Rest assured, I will be returning to my normal broadcasts, honest.)
This seems like the year of the HP resurgence with the play debuting this month, The Illustrated Chamber of Secrets
due out in October and the prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
coming to theaters in November.
If you've not yet pre-ordered your copy, no worries, although I couldn't find the print run numbers, it's bound to be in the hundreds-of-thousands to million range. Much like the later books in the series, it's doubtful this edition will have much value for book collectors (unless signed by the authors), but hardcore fans out there might disagree.
Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic is publishing the book in the U.S. after the debut of the play (on July 30th). The first printing is being advertised as the "Special Rehearsal Edition." A later "Definitive Collector's Edition" will be published reflecting the changes made to the play during its preview period. (Talk about brilliant marketing.)
According to a February 10, 2016 article at Time.com
, "The story picks up 19 years after the end of the original series, with Potter working at the Ministry of Magic, now a father of three. As Pottermore describes, '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.'"
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production
by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
(Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic, July 31, 2016)
Cover price: $29.99 (US)
It's being published simultaneously in the U.K. (with the same cover) by Little Brown
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