JK Rowling to publish eighth Harry Potter story this summer

"Harry Potter" fans are delighted that their 9 year wait is finally over. The fanbase still as strong as ever, tickets for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" sold out in just under 8 hours, prices ranging from £30-130 per seat.

Josh Setchel

Big news Potter fans. You no longer have to be a native of the UK to enjoy JK Rowling’s much anticipated follow-up to her iconic saga.

In June 2015, JK Rowling announced she would be writing and producing a stage play continuing Harry’s story for London’s West End. While the news was exciting, many fans were disappointed that they may not be able to experience the story. That’s no longer the case.

On July 31, Harry Potter’s birthday, the script for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” (Parts 1 and 2) will be published by the Little, Brown Book Group. It should be noted that this publication is just that, the script, and not a novel as some fans may have hoped. The production opens in London on July 30.

The story is set 19 years after the events of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” and follows Harry and Ginny’s son Albus during his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The news of the publication has been rumored for some months now and Rowling herself has kept fans up to date on Twitter when she retweeted the publisher’s update:

“Little Brown is thrilled to publish the #cursedchild script book,” the Tweet reads.

It should also be noted that Rowling will not be doing a press tour for the upcoming release, so fans looking for a signed copy may have to track Rowling down themselves.

According to the book’s new description, “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.”

Fans took to twitter to express their opinions for the news (to mostly positive responses) and some Washburn students have also chimed in.

“Going by the synopsis, this play reminds us that stories about heroes aren’t always glorious, but can still be relatable,” said Alex Hounchell, a senior English major.

“I think it’s a good idea for fans of the franchise to have a way to enjoy the story before it makes its way over to the United States,” said Adam Setchell, a freshman business major.