J.K. Rowling to Release an 8th Harry Potter Book This Summer
Actor Daniel Radcliffe attends the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" at Alice Tully Hall on Nov. 15, 2010 in New York City.
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Die-hard Harry Potter fans thought it would never happen. But this morning J.K. Rowing announced that the eighth installment of the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II," will be released this summer for Potterheads everywhere.
The invention of writer Jack Thorne, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II" is a play based on a story by J.K. Rowling that will be published in print and digital editions simultaneously after the play’s world premiere at Palace Theatre London in July 2016, Rowling's site reports.
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In "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II," the first Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, Harry exists as an overworked Ministry of Magic employee, husband and father of three. His youngest son, Albus, struggles with carrying on a family legacy he never wished for. Rowling's site reports that as "past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places."
Stay up to date on the latest book release information at Rowling's Pottermore site.
Even More Potterhead Fun Ahead!
The release of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II" is but one of the Harry Potter entertainment sources that awaits Potterheads throughout the next year. The spinoff movie, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," debuts this fall, and Universal Studios Hollywood will open "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" April 7, 2016.
Visitors enjoy the Harry Potter themed attractions and shops at the existing Hogsmeade Village inside Universal Orlando Resort's Islands of Adventure theme park.
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It has been nearly nine years since Rowling released "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." I fondly recall reading the entire series to my children prior to the release of book 7 so that once it came out, we were ready to dive in. We spent an entire weekend reading it aloud — cover to cover.
As a new generation of Potterheads rise up, I hope new parents embrace this amazing series and share Rowling's fantastical stories with their children by reading them aloud together, like I did with mine. They will cherish those moments for years to come.