In addition to Bloomsbury’s publishing update from this morning, Pottermore has revealed today that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be published as a Special Rehearsal Edition book on Harry and Jo’s birthday – July 31st 2016. This will not be a traditional book, it will be a version of the script that was used during previews of the play. Plays traditionally make small changes throughout previews, so the book will then be updated to reflect these changes. According to their post:
Print and digital editions will publish simultaneously after the play’s world premiere this summer, and will comprise of the version of the play script at the time of the play’s preview performances.
Theatre previews allow the creative team the chance to rehearse and explore scenes further before a production’s official opening night. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens for previews several weeks before its official first performance on Saturday 30 July and the Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book will later be replaced by a Definitive Collector’s Edition.
The play opens in London’s West End this summer, based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. It is officially the eighth story in Harry Potter canon and a new play by Jack Thorne.
Today Bloomsbury has revealed that sales of Harry Potter books are up 126% in 2015, largely due to all the new hype surrounding the series and their new editions of the books. They hope to further this initiative over the next couple of years. October 2016 will see the release of the Illustrated Edition of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as well as some other promotions surrounding the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
2017 will be the big year. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Bloomsbury will be releasing a myriad of books. Read on to learn more!
A brand new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in on February 9th 2017, with a new foreword from J.K. Rowling and an irresistible new jacket by Jonny Duddle.
Bloomsbury will publish FOUR special editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to tie in with it’s 20th anniversary in June 2017. Each book will represent one of the four Hogwarts houses.
Bloomsbury will also be running a programme of activities and celebrations throughout the year to mark the landmark anniversary.
Bloomsbury will commission three new illustrators to create lavish, full-colour illustrated editions of J.K. Rowling’s three Hogwarts Library books, starting with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in autumn 2017, The Tales of Beedle the Bard in 2018 and Quidditch Through the Ages in 2019. Illustrator announcements will follow in due course.
Matthew Lewis surprised all the guests at Pierre Bohanna’s Props Showcase by showing up to the panel with the Sword of Gryffindor. During the panel he talked about the sword as well as some other props and things he used while filming. Watch all the way to the end for a special surprise!
Today we’re sharing some highlights from the second public cast Q&A at A Celebration of Harry Potter. This panel took place on Sunday January 31st. Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Katie Leung and Evanna Lynch answered questions from fans attending the event. Unfortunately we were running out of video space so we didn’t get the whole thing.
Welcome to our longest video from A Celebration of Harry Potter. We recorded the full 40 minute cast Q&A panel for your viewing enjoyment. This panel took place on Saturday January 30th. Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Katie Leung and Evanna Lynch answered questions from fans attending the event.
Welcome to the first of our post-Celebration of Harry Potter videos! To start off we have the press exclusive chat with Evanna Lynch, Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis, Bonnie Wright and Katie Leung from Friday January 29th.