Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Parts One and Two Script Book

The play script of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts One and Two, published at midnight on Sunday 31st July, has already sold over 680,000 copies in the UK alone in its print edition, in its first three days. This makes it - by a long margin - the biggest book of the decade in the UK and the fastest–selling script book ever.

Kate Skipper, Buying Director at Waterstones said:

"Our sales for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book have been phenomenal; we saw our biggest first day figures since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in 2007 and after just two days’ sales Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is already our biggest-selling hardback since Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol in 2009.  By the end of this first week, we expect to exceed The Lost Symbol sales and to match the lifetime sales of our bestselling script book ever, An Inspector Calls by J. B. Priestley.  There's no doubt about it; this will be our biggest book of the year.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, a play by Jack Thorne based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, opened at The Palace Theatre in London’s West End last Saturday (July 30th) to critical acclaim.  At midnight on Sunday July 31, the Special Rehearsal Edition of the script was published containing the complete script, including stage directions, used by the original West End production during the play’s preview period.

Over 170 bookshops celebrated with midnight parties in the UK at the weekend reminiscent of the earlier Harry Potter books.

The Daily Telegraph said “The thrill of a new Harry Potter book, even in script form, is its own kind of magic”; The Independent i praised the book as “warm, witty and wildly inventive”; whilst The Sun said “It is action all the way”.


Notes to editors:

1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two is the script book of an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, and is a new play by Jack Thorne written to be enjoyed on stage.

The Special Rehearsal Edition of the script book (hardback, £20) was published at 00.01 on 31st July 2016, following the play’s opening in London’s West End on 30th July, thereby bringing the eighth Harry Potter story to a wider, global audience. The script ebook was published by Pottermore simultaneously with the print editions, in collaboration with Little, Brown Book Group in the UK, and Scholastic in the US and Canada.

2. The Special Rehearsal Edition will be available for a limited time, to be replaced by the Definitive Edition to be published early in 2017.  This final and complete edition will replace the Special Rehearsal Edition, both in print and digitally.  The Definitive Edition will contain the perfected, definitive script with final stage directions and annotations, as seen on opening night on 30th July 2016 and beyond. This edition will also include extra content, such as writing from the play’s creative team.  More details about the Definitive Edition will be announced in due course.

3. Following rave reviews, Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions, producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, recently announced that a further 250,000 tickets will be released for sale tomorrow (Thursday 4 August 2016) at 11am BST, booking through to 10 December 2017.  Tickets are priced from £15 per part and for every performance there will be 300 tickets at £20 or less per part.  Box Office – 0330 333 4813 www.HarryPotterthePlay.com

4. J.K. Rowling is the author of the bestselling Harry Potter series of seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, are distributed in more than 200 territories and translated into 79 languages, and have been turned into eight blockbuster films. 

She has written three companion volumes in aid of charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in aid of Comic Relief; and The Tales of Beedle the Bard in aid of her children’s charity Lumos.

In 2012, J.K. Rowling’s digital entertainment and e-commerce company Pottermore was launched, where fans can enjoy her new writing and immerse themselves deeper in the wizarding world.

Her first novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy, was published in September 2012 and adapted for TV by the BBC in 2015.  Her crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, were published in 2013 (The Cuckoo’s Calling), 2014 (The Silkworm) and 2015 (Career of Evil), and are to be adapted for a major new television series for BBC One, produced by Brontë Film and Television.

J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard commencement speech was published in 2015 as an illustrated book, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, and sold in aid of her charity Lumos and university–wide financial aid at Harvard.

In addition to J.K. Rowling’s collaboration on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two, she is also making her screenwriting debut with the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a further extension of the wizarding world, due for release in November 2016. 


For further press information please contact Tamsin Kitson tamsin.kitson@littlebrown.co.uk

or Jo Wickham jo.wickham@littlebrown.co.uk at Little, Brown Book Group