On July 31, Rowling will publish the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in print and ebook format, making the story accessible to everyone who can’t make it to the theatrical version in London’s West End.
Pottermore announced Wednesday that Rowling will publish a “special rehearsal edition” of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which takes place nine years after the seventh Harry Potter book, and stars a new cast of adult actors as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The first edition comes out shortly after the play’s London premiere, and will later be updated with a “definitive collector’s edition.” (Like most new plays, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child may go through some minor changes during its preview period, before its official opening.)
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For obvious reasons, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a hot ticket, and many fans have no chance of seeing it live—at least, not until the play is licensed to be performed elsewhere. And while the London production does offer cheaper tickets for each performance, it’s still nowhere near as accessible as a book.
By publishing the script like this, especially with an ebook edition, Rowling is making sure that the new Harry Potter is available to every fan.
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