Does anyone else miss gathering for those midnight "Harry Potter" book releases? We all had no lives together and it was awesome! The last book in the seven-novel series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," came out in 2007. Not quite 10 years later, J.K. Rowling is promoting our best hope for a sequel book -- the "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" script book, which is coming out right after the opening of the play in London.

According to Pottermore, what's coming out on July 31 -- the shared birthday of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling -- is a Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book of the new stage play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II."

Here are more details from Pottermore:

"Print and digital editions will publish simultaneously after the play's world premiere this summer, and will comprise of the version of the play script at the time of the play's preview performances.

Theatre previews allow the creative team the chance to rehearse and explore scenes further before a production's official opening night. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens for previews several weeks before its official first performance on Saturday 30 July and the Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will later be replaced by a Definitive Collector's Edition.

Pottermore will bring you further updates on the Definitive Collector's Edition as we learn more."


That Definitive Collector's Edition may be even better, but since most of us won't be able to make it London for the play, it's good to know we can get a book version of this official eighth story in the "Harry Potter" canon just a day after the play opens.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" picks up the story after the 19-year time jump of the "Deathly Hallows" epilogue. This new script book comes out as Harry turns 36 and J.K. Rowling turns 51, so maybe we can all celebrate together by reading the story as a group.

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