New Harry Potter book coming out in July

Posted at 10:56 AM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 12:28:43-05

NEW YORK (AP) — The new Harry Potter play will become a new Harry Potter book.

Scholastic Inc. announced Wednesday that a "script book" of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be published July 31. The book is a based on the two-part stage collaboration of J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany and arrives just after the play premieres in London on July 30. Rowling's Potter web site will release an edition.

The play chronicles Potter’s adult life, depicting the hero as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic and father of three children who struggles with his past. It will be presented in two parts, intended to be viewed over two nights or two same-day performances.

The first seven Potter books have sold more than 400 million copies worldwide, according to Scholastic, the series' U.S. publisher.