That was an overload of nostalgia exploding from the sliver of my soul where the essence of childhood magic and wonder slept dormant for the past five years. But no more, because J. K. Rowling and her publisher announced today that an eighth installment of the Harry Potter series will be releasing this summer. This eighth book, titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts I & II, takes place nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, picking up right after the last installment’s epilogue, where Harry was seeing his children off at Platform 9 3/4.
The upcoming book is poised to be just a bit different than its predecessors in terms of format. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is going to be a script book, meaning that it was written for a stage play. The stage play is holding multiple theatre previews to hone the overall storytelling, before opening for its first official performance on July 30th of this year. Digital and print versions of the book will release once the play’s final curtain is drawn, after which Wizards, Muggles, and Half-Bloods alike will be rushing to get their hands on the newest adventures of The Boy Who Lived.
As of now, there isn’t much known about where this next installment is going to take fans. What we DO know about it is that Harry is now working at the Ministry of Magic, and that the book is split into two parts, due to the “epic nature of the story”. 2016 has really turned into a great year for fans of the franchise, with The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood opening in April AND a theatrical release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hitting box offices in November, the announcement of another book sets fan excitement at an unimaginable high. Between a new Harry Potter book and the new Star Wars movie, I think us here at AllDayEveryWeek.com might actually be turning back into twelve-year-olds.
Are you guys excited to see what Harry, Hermione, and Ron are up to after all this time? Are you still waiting on your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Let’s start a discussion in the comments below!
Author: Alex McNeal
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