New Book ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Is Coming This Year
If seven Harry Potter books just wasn’t enough for you, today is your lucky day. Taking place nineteen years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ended, an eighth book based on the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has been announced. The publisher, Little, Brown, UK, has said on Twitter that the book will hit shelves on July 31st.
— Little, Brown UK (@LittleBrownUK) February 10, 2016
The publisher’s website gave a brief synopsis of the plot, which revolves around a grown-up Harry Potter and his children:
“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.”
Does this seem weird to anyone else? I remember the days where we had YEARS of anticipation waiting for a new Harry Potter book, but this announcement feels kind of… awkward? Like, the generation that grew up with Harry Potter isn’t necessarily old enough to relate to Harry Potter as a full-blown dad, and the classics were so, you know, classic, that a new book could lessen the entire series.
Or maybe we should just be stoked to revisit one of our childhood heroes in a more mundane part of his life. In The Cursed Child, Harry isn’t the mysterious, powerful Chosen One. He’s a wizard dad who’s just trying to pay the bills and get his kids through Hogwarts. Maybe it’ll be easy to get behind a more mature Harry Potter.
No. Nonononononono. I want THE BOY WHO LIVED, not THE DAD WHO CAN NO LONGER WINGARDIUM LEVIOSA HIS “OTHER WAND”, GINNY! Actually, middle-aged Harry Potter could be kind of funny. Let’s see how this turns out…
Are you going to read The Cursed Child, or are you worried it might ruin all the other Harry Potter books for you? Let us know in the comments!