Ever since J.K. Rowling wrapped up her ridiculously successful Harry Potter series with the 7th and final installment Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows back in 2007, fans have been chomping at the bit for the chance to plunge themselves into another Harry Potter story. Now, it looks like they’ll finally get that chance, as a new book in the series has been confirmed.
As revealed by Pottermore earlier today, the script for Cursed Child Parts I & II, the upcoming stage production co-written by Rowling, is being adapted into a novel and released on July 31. Here’s the plot synopsis:
The eighth story. Nineteen years later. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.
It’s a bit disappointing that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won’t wholly-written by Rowling, as Jack Throne and John Tiffany also contributed to the story, but then again, it will just be a joy to revisit these characters again on the page, even if it does sound like the focus will primarily be on Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s kids this time around.