Harry Potter fans rejoice as JK Rowling's new book The Cursed Child takes up where Deathly Hallows left off
A new Harry Potter book is to be released, nine years after JK Rowling's final story The Deathly Hallows.
Rowling's website Pottermore confirmed that the script of new stage play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will be released as a book on July 31, 2016, the day after the play's world premiere and, fans will note, Harry's birthday.
The Cursed Child is officially the eighth book in the Harry Potter canon and will be released in two versions: a Special Rehearsal Edition using the script performed in the play's previews, before being replaced later by a Definitive Collector's Edition.
The news will be a relief for fans worldwide who are unable to get tickets to the play, which at the moment has only been confirmed to show in London.
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows ended 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, as Harry waved his two eldest children off to the wizarding school.
The Cursed Child will pick up from that moment, focusing on Harry as a frazzled Ministry of Magic civil servant and his middle child Albus Severus, who is struggling under the weight of the family's legacy.
It will be the first tale in the Harry Potter canon not penned by Rowling. The two-part play has been written by Jack Thorne, although based on an original idea by Rowling, Thorne and the play director John Tiffany.
The History Boys' Jamie Parker will play Harry in the play, alongside Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and Les Miserables actor Paul Thornley as Ron. The play will run into 2017, the 20th anniversary of the UK publication of Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone.
Fans will be able to collect a new edition of Hogwarts library book Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, along with new content by Rowling,and new editions of Quidditch Through The Ages and The Tales Of Beedle The Bard.
Before then, fans will be able to enjoy Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a magizoologist who accidentally unleashes magical animals on New York.
The new movie is due to have its release in November 2016.