New Harry Potter Is Not a Novel
February 24, 2016
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, now on order and slated for the end of July with an initial order of 40 copies and 35 holds, is not an eighth novel but is actually a script book of the upcoming Harry Potter play. Earlyword has a helpful post with Washington Post and Guardian links that will give you some context if you haven’t already been following the story. The initial classification in Baker & Taylor, etc. says FIC (the audience information from vendors has been all over the place) but given that Harry’s character will be an adult in this story and most of our script books end up cataloged as non-fiction, it is unlikely ever to be sitting with our novels or in the children’s fiction section. That will be a matter of spine dressing for a long time, however, as it will be checked out regardless.
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016. 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.