Author J.K. Rowling announced on the Pottermore website this week that her two-part play, ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’, the eighth installment in the Harry Potter series, will be hitting the stands in book form this summer.

Conflict with the dark side, parent-child issues, and, of course, magic – all the standard elements of the Harry Potter novels, will feature in the latest addition to the franchise.

The Harry Potter play opens on stage in London on the 30th of July, later this year. A ‘special rehearsal edition’ script book will be available the following midnight, and is expected to be sold out in no time.

This will be the first official Harry Potter play to be performed on stage. It’s based on an original story, written in collaboration by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.

The publishing of the script-book follows an outpouring of appeals to Rowling by thousands of fans who rue that they cannot be in London to see the stage performance, but can’t bear to miss out on it either.

Pottermore, Rowling’s digital and e-commerce company, is also planning to make available an e-edition simultaneously with the print one.

Harry Potter fans last saw him in the epilogue of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, bidding farewell to his children at Platform 9 3/4, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts.

In the latest book, which picks up from there, Harry, now employed with the Ministry of Magic, struggles on with darkness and his family legacy, along with his son Albus. The role of Hermione in the play will reportedly be played by an African actress.

The seven-volume Harry Potter series, written by Rowling, published between 1997 and 2007, has smashed sales records, selling more than 450 million copies worldwide. With fans eagerly awaiting its release, ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ is expected to carry on the blessed run.