All those Potter fans out there are jumping with joy ever since author J.K. Rowling made the surprise announcement on her Pottermore website that an 8th edition of the famous Harry Potter series will be out this summer. The edition is a two part play titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Rowling had announced a two-part stage play in October last year. The fresh installment promises to offer an original story by JK Rowling, playwright Jack Thorne and theatre director John Tiffany. Scripted by Thorne, the stage-play would explore ‘Harry’s world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre’ with a fresh cast. However, at the behest of those who cannot be in London to watch the performance, it was decided to make the play available in book format. The book will be released at midnight on July 31 2016, a day after the Harry Potter play opens in London.
The plot picks up after the moment when Harry waves off his children at Platform 9 3/4, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts and the defeat of the Dark Lord, in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry – now a father of three – is employed at the Ministry of Magic. The plot revolves around Harry and his son Albus and follows their struggle with the family legacy and against the darkness.
The website has also announced that 2017 is going to be a momentous year and will see the publication of four special editions of the first book Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK, one for each of the four Hogwarts houses. There will also be a brand new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2017, with new content by J.K. Rowling, as well as new formats and editions of the Hogwarts Library books – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
— Pottermore (@pottermore) February 10, 2016