W Harry Potter book released at midnight
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)