Anyone who has followed the HARRY POTTER series knows that the franchise has managed to stay alive, in one form or another, despite the movie franchise seemingly coming to an end in 2011. Whether it's a theme park popping up at Universal Studios, the launch of the Pottermore website, or the upcoming MAGICAL BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM film that's on the way, J.K. Rowling's creation still has a grip on people's imaginations.
Some time ago, it was revealed that there was a stage play being planned, and now more information about that project has come to light. Rowling has created a new story, alongside Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, that has formed the basis for HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD PARTS I & II. The play will make its world premiere this summer, and now it's been announced that you'll soon be able to buy a book adaptation of the play.
The description of the story, printed above the title on the book cover reads: "The eighth story. Nineteen years later." That means that this story is officially part of the Potter canon, and could mean more to the world at large if the play is a hit.
We all remember the epilogue from HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS: PART II. A grown up Harry, Ron, and Hermione bid farewell to their kids and waved them off as they climbed aboard the Hogwarts Express, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. This story takes place immediately following that moment, and- in the play- will be staged in two parts due to the scope of the tale being told.
This all begs the question: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD has now gone from a play, to a book, and so...will a movie be next?
It's not hard to imagine. For now, you can view the book as your chance to digest a new Rowling HARRY POTTER story without having to fly to London to see the play, but if this thing hits...you've got to think Warner Bros will be sending an owl to Rowling's window soon.
We shall see.