W Harry Pot­ter book re­leased at mid­night


Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE - JBJ RE­PORTER

HANDS up if you know who JK Rowl­ings is.

That’s right, she is the au­thor who cre­ated Harry Pot­ter.

That was nine­teen years ago when Harry Pot­ter and the Philoso­pher’s Stone was pub­lished, al­low­ing kids – and some adults – around the world to en­tered a magical world along with Harry and his school­mates, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

Six more Harry Pot­ter nov­els – plus some smaller books – fol­lowed. The last book in the se­ries, Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows, ap­peared nine years ago.

Per­haps older beans have read ev­ery Harry Pot­ter book, watched all the films, con­sider them­selves po­tions masters and are cer­tain they were born a Huf­flepuff. (So loyal, that house.) Now for some­thing new. This week­end the world is likely to be spell­bound af­ter meet­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of Pot­ters and Granger-Weasleys.

Harry Pot­ter And The Cursed Child is a two- part stage play which opens in Lon­don to­day.

This play fol­lows the boy wiz­ard’s life 19 years af­ter The Deathly Hal­lows.

For those like us who don’t live in Lon­don, there’s a new book to read. It is the play script for Harry Pot­ter And The Cursed Child and it is go­ing on sale at mid­night.

In this play, Harry is grown up and works for the Min­istry of Magic. He is the fa­ther of three school-age children. His youngest son, Al­bus, is strug­gling with Harry’s past. In short, life has not be­come eas­ier since the evil Volde­mort was de­feated.

To cel­e­brate this new Harry Pot­ter tale, book­stores across the world, in­clud­ing in Cape Town, are hold­ing Harry Pot­ter par­ties. Some are even plan­ning to have an owl on hand and a round of Quid­ditch games, not to men­tion wands, po­tions and crys­tal gaz­ing.

Of course you can also ask an adult to go on­line to buy a copy, or ask the li­brar­ian to re­serve it at your lo­cal li­brary.

The cast of the new play Ron Weasley (Paul Thorn­ley), Hermione Granger (Noma Dumezweni) and Rose GrangerWeasley (Cher­relle Skeete).

The play’s cast Harry Pot­ter (Jamie Parker), Ginny Pot­ter née Weasley (Poppy Miller) and Al­bus Severus Pot­ter (Sam Clem­mett)

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