February 15th, 2016 by Karen
If you’ve spent even a nanosecond on Kidsmomo, then you know that we are HUGE Harry Potter fans. We’ve been to LeakyCon, we’ve been to the Quidditch World Cup, and we’ve been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — multiple times each. But here’s one thing we’re not doing: going to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the upcoming play that J.K. Rowling calls the official “eighth story in the Harry Potter series.”
Obviously, we’d love the ability to apparate in London to see the show when it opens this summer, but it’s a bit far for muggle travel. So we were ecstatic to hear the latest Harry Potter news a few days ago: The full script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released in print and digitally at the same time that the play premieres this summer — on Harry’s birthday, July 31st, 2016!
Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here. In case you haven’t heard of the play before, here’s the scoop: The story takes place 19 years after the main action in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So Harry is an adult, but that doesn’t mean life is all rainbows and sunshine, of course. Here’s the official description:
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.
Until a few days ago, the only way to experience this new story would have been to see the play in London — and unfortunately, portkey travel is not included in the ticket price. But now we can all celebrate the news that the script will be published for muggles, wizards, and witches all over the world to enjoy.
The first printing of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be a “Special Rehearsal Edition,” which will reflect the script during the play’s preview period. Later, a “Definitive Collector’s Edition” will be published with the show’s final version (many plays make small changes during preview performances).
So now the biggest question is: Will you get the rehearsal edition of the script as soon as it comes out, will you wait until the definitive version is available, or will you just get both? Personally, I’ll be looking for an ever-expanding bag like Hermione’s so that I can buy and carry both versions!