Cursed Child won’t be JK Rowling’s only new Harry Potter book this year

  • PTI
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2016 13:59 IST
2016 was worth the wait, it turns out.

Harry Potter author’s first screenplay, for the upcoming spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is set to be released in book form, publishers Little Brown Book Group announced on Tuesday.

The first-ever screenplay by Rowling is based on a new story by the author set in the United States, 70 years before the Harry Potter story begins and is about the character Newt Scamander, who is being played in the film by Academy award winner Eddie Redmayne.

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Featuring an array of magical creatures and characters, the ebook and print editions of the screenplay is due to be published on November 19, the day after the film’s global release by Warner Bros.

The ebook edition of the screenplay will be published by Pottermore, the global digital publisher of Rowling’s Wizarding World, simultaneously with the print editions in collaboration with Little, Brown Book Group in the UK, and Scholastic in the US and Canada.

“We’re incredibly excited to be publishing J K Rowling’s screenplay of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first screenplay she has written and an entirely new story,” David Shelley, CEO of Little, Brown Book Group said in a statement.

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“This is such a big year for all fans of J K Rowling’s Wizarding World and we are thrilled to be part of the team helping to bring it to readers,” he said.

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Rowling has authored seven Harry Potter books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories, translated into 79 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films.

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A book version of her original play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, billed as the eighth Harry Potter story, will also be published in July.

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