If you were shipwrecked on an island in a faraway land, with no connection to the outside world or social media, then we would understand if you haven’t heard of the 8th Harry Potter book!
Yes, there is an eight book and for generations of readers, the anticipation of the new book meant camping out in front of the bookstore, attending midnight release parties complete with costumes and homemade wands and butterbeer.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will become available on July 31, which coincidentally (we think not) falls on Harry’s birthday. But amid all the excitement and enthusiasm about the new instalment, JK Rowling does inform her readers to understand that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not a novel but a script.
Fans have waited nine long years since JK Rowling’s last instalment about ‘the boy wizard’, but as the clock strikes past midnight Saturday into Sunday, readers can once again immerse themselves into the world that is Harry Potter.
The new instalment is the book edition of the play on West End, London by Jack Thorne based on a new story by Thorne, John Tiffany and of course, Rowling herself. A quick summary of the “non-novel” is that Harry works at the Ministry of Magic and is married with three children. His oldest son, Albus has trouble coping with his family legacy according to the play’s official website (this is the only spoiler we will divulge, in fearing for our lives).
This script is great for individuals who can’t fly all the way to London to catch the play, or get a hold of a ticket for the show – which is divided into two parts and sells out almost instantly. Although some Potterheads (Harry Potter fans) may be dissatisfied, there will be no eight actual novel in the Harry Potter franchise, at least you will be able to follow the script.
Even before hitting bookstores, it seems that the Potter sequel is already a huge success, within the first day of pre-orders; the Special Rehearsal Edition script had topped Amazon and Waterstones best-sellers charts. As millions of Harry Potter fans around the world were not able to attend the show of the play in London before the book launch, there has been an official request to the fortunate few who have seen it to “keep the secrets” of the new story. Badges with #keepthesecrets have been handed out to viewers since the first performances in June, when Rowling appealed to enthusiasts to “let audiences enjoy Cursed Child with all the surprises we’ve built into the stories”.
But us Malaysian fans need not wait longer as the book will be released to the public this weekend!!