When Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out in 2007, author J.K. Rowling was pretty insistent that the seventh installment had closed the book on the adventures of the Boy Who Lived.
It's not a traditional book.
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" begins performances in late May at the London Palace Theatre. Scholastic announced Wednesday morning that the script for the play will be released as a book due out July 31, 2016.
The two-part play is be based on an original new story by Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ended 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, as Harry waved his two eldest children off to wizardry school.
There's no way to disguise it: Harry Potter fans from around the globe have been mourning the fact that the West End was getting newest story in the Harry Potter universe and the rest of us couldn't. The play has been partly written by JK Rowling and opens to the public the day before. He's an overworked Ministry of Magic employee who is raising three kids, the youngest of whom appears to be destined the carry the weight of the Potter family legacy.
Billed as a "special rehearsal edition", the first printing of the script may vary from what is seen on stage in London, Scholastic said, noting that a second edition will be published with the final script.
This time around, digital editions of the Cursed Child will be published simultaneously with print copies, so parking lot stakeouts will be unnecessary.
The History Boys' Jamie Parker will play Harry Potter in the new play, alongside Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and Les Miserables actor Paul Thornley as Ron.
Rowling retweeted the update on the publisher's account but is yet to discuss the new book in her own words.