New Harry Potter Book Announced!

By James Hofstetter - Reporter

It has been 9 years since the release of the last Harry Potter book and 5 years since the release of the last movie but now in 2016, the next book will be released. On the 30th July this year Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released as a play in London theatres and on the 31st July the script will be released in book form to fans simultaneously via hardback book and eBook in several languages across the world. Not only will there be a book and a play this year but Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them which is a spin-off from the Harry Potter series will be released in cinemas.

Originally the play The Cursed Child was only ever meant to be in the theatre, however fans from all over the world appealed to author J.K. Rowling to release the script, so everybody could enjoy the story. This was because many fans could not attend the theatrical production due to location or cost.

The story of the Cursed Child picks up directly after the last book, when Harry Potter waved his children off on Platform 9¾. It features Harry as an overworked Ministry employee and a father. Much is still unknown about the story at the moment but as any true Harry Potter fan would know, when you need information on Harry Potter, you go to Pottermore or J.K. Rowling’s Twitter feed, where she regularly gives updates.

Pottermore is an online wizarding universe, created by J.K. Rowling for Harry Potter fans. This website is often used by J.K. Rowling to release information on her upcoming endeavours such as the new movie, play and book.

The date, 31st of July that the book gets released is quite significant in the Harry Potter Universe, because on that day in 1980, Harry Potter was born. It was no coincidence that the release coincides with his birthday; in fact this year he will be 36.

All in all this year is going to be a very busy one for author J.K. Rowling with plenty of trips to Diagon Alley back, a potion or two to be brewed and plenty of dealing with the Goblins for Galleons.

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