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Script eBook of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two” Now Available Globally

01 August 2016

London, England. Following the opening gala of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, Pottermore has published the original eBook edition of the official script book.  The eBook from Pottermore, which is the global digital publisher of J.K.Rowling’s Wizarding World, first went on sale at 00:01 BST, 31 July, hours after the conclusion of the play’s official opening on 30 July at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End. It is now available globally.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, is a new play by Jack Thorne, written to be staged and experienced live in the theatre. It is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The script eBook of the play is Pottermore’s first front-list title since the company’s launch in 2012.

“We’ve published the script eBook of the play to allow the epic, eighth Harry Potter story to be read by fans around the world who may not be able to see the stage version in London,” said Susan L. Jurevics, Chief Executive Officer, Pottermore. “Anyone with a digital device can download a copy of the script eBook, it provides the authentic story written by the play’s authors and allows readers to enjoy at their own pace the wonderful details and nuances in the dialogue, narrative structure and character development.”

Pottermore has published the Special Rehearsal Edition of the script eBook of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two simultaneously and in collaboration with the print publishers. The print editions are published in the United Kingdom by Little, Brown Book Group and in the United States and Canada by Scholastic. The eBook edition is priced at 9.99 GBP, 14.99 EU and 14.99 USD.

The Special Rehearsal Edition of the script eBook, which features the script used by cast and creatives during the rehearsals and previews, will be sold through early 2017. Then it will be replaced by the Definitive Edition.

About the script book/play:

The eighth story. Nineteen years later.

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.

The Special Rehearsal Edition of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script eBook will comprise the version of the play script early in the production’s preview period, several weeks prior to the opening performances. The preview process allows the creative team time to rehearse changes or to explore specific scenes further, in front of a live audience, before the official opening performances, which took place on Saturday July 30.

Notes to Editors:

J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories and translated into 79 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.

She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in aid of Comic Relief; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard in aid of her children’s charity Lumos.

In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital entertainment and e-commerce company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy her new writing and immerse themselves deeper in the wizarding world.

Her first novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, was published in September 2012 and adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015. Her crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, were published in 2013 (The Cuckoo’s Calling), 2014 (The Silkworm) and 2015 (Career of Evil), and are to be adapted for a major new television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and Television.

J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published in 2015 as an illustrated book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, and sold in aid of her charity Lumos and university–wide financial aid at Harvard.

In addition to J.K. Rowling’s collaboration on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, a new play by Jack Thorne, she is also making her screenwriting debut with the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a further extension of the wizarding world, due for release in November 2016.

About Pottermore

Pottermore, the digital publishing, e-commerce, entertainment and news company from J.K. Rowling, is the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. As the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, pottermore.com is dedicated to unlocking the power of imagination. It offers news, features, and articles as well as new and previously unreleased writing by J.K. Rowling.

For more information, please contact press@team.pottermore.com

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