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The wait is over! J.K. Rowling announces new Harry Potter book coming out this summer

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When J.K. Rowling announced she was writing a sequel to her beloved seven-part series, the Pottersphere came alive with surprise, excitement and alarm. Another book?! Could it be true?

Then our hearts were crushed as we realised the new story Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is set 19 years after the last book, would be told in the form of a play in London's West End. 

Fans around the world were left disappointed that they would be unable to see the next installment of the franchise. 

But yesterday, the author's publisher's announced that the script of the play will in fact be released as a two-part book this summer.

At 12:01 am on 31 July, Potterheads will be able to buy a printed version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is being dubbed the eighth book - nine years after Rowling's final story The Deathly Hallows.

However, Rowling stressed this morning that the script is being released, not an adapted novel-version of the play. 

The script has been co-written by Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. 

The official synopsis reads: "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."

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