The last Harry Potter book was published in 2007, and its last words were “All was well”. But was it really?
Despite Rowling’s promise that Harry’s story has ended, a new chapter to the saga called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has emerged. Here are some facts you need to know about:
1. Cursed Child is actually a play, and it’s playing at the Palace Theatre in the West End.
2. It’s also coming out in book form and in e-book form, but it’s not a novelization. It’s just the script of the play.
3. The new Harry Potter book released on midnight of July 31. This, by the way, is the birthday of both Harry Potter and J. K. Rowling.
4. It has broken presale records on Amazon, where it has the most number of preorders since Deathly Hallows. Barnes and Noble expect this new Harry Potter book to be their biggest seller for 2016.
5. Like for previous books, many bookstores are hosting Harry Potter celebrations in time for the launch.
6. The story is about Albus Severus Potter, and also about the older, middle-aged Harry Potter.
7. The play has been a commercial hit and critically acclaimed. The first 175,000 tickets were snapped up in less than 24 hours. Millions of tickets have been sold.
8. If you’re planning to buy tickets, you’re going to have to wait a while before you can watch it. That’s because it’s officially sold out until May of 2017.
9. You can try to buy from scalpers, but the cost will be astronomical. One report has tickets selling for £2,000 although you can go online and get it for £1,800 each. That’s $2,645 for Americans. (It should have cost more dollars, but then Brexit happened and the value of the pound plummeted.)
10. There have been some casting controversies, however. In the play, Hermione is played by a black actress. “Colorblind casting” is a very common practice in the theater world, and Rowling herself has supported the casting choice.
11. While in the HP movies, the 3 main characters were played by actual children, it’s not true of the play. The roles of Albus Potter, Rose Weasley, and Scorpius Malfoy are all played by actors in their 20s.
12. Spoilers, of course, are going to be a major problem. That’s especially true among those who will see the play first. You’d gush about it too if it were you, right? You’d find it hard to shut up about it. Rowling has issued pleas for people to avoid spreading spoilers, but that’s most likely going to be impossible. You’ll probably find a jerk posting the ending of the play online on the same day of the release.
13. It’s going to be a huge year for the HP series, as the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in November.
Happy reading and we hope you get a chance to see the play!