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Eighth Harry Potter book set for release this summer
According to CBS, J.K. Rowling will be releasing an eighth Harry Potter novel this summer, the first since "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" hit stores in 2007.
Last June, Rowling used Twitter to announce a Harry Potter play entitled "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", which was written with the help of John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. The play is set to release on July 30, and print and digital editions of the book itself will be available the following day. Being a play, a "Special Rehearsal Edition" will hit stands first, followed by a "Definitive Collector's Edition." CBS reported that the book will be titled after the play.
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This new book follows the epilogue of the last book, CBS stated. Both the play and the novel will be set in two parts, and pick up 19 years after the epic Battle of Hogwarts. According to the fan site Pottermore, people around the globe have been closely monitoring updates about the play, which will premiere in London's West End.
In the play, Jamie Parker will portray Harry Potter, who returns as a father. Noma Dumezweni has been cast as Hermione and Paul Thornley will play Ron.
Little else is known about the nature of the book or Harry Potter's child, but if it is anything like Rowling's other novels, it will be a smashing hit.
Harry Potter has sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide, Time reported, and as a result has paved the way for everything from movies and memorabilia to theme parks dedicated to the young wizard.
Rowling herself is worth an estimated $910 million, while the entire Harry Potter brand has a value north of $15 billion. Amazingly, it took six years for Rowling to write the original book, and 12 separate publishers shot her down initially.
Since the original book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," was released in 1997, Rowling's characters have exploded in importance and cultural recognition. Each book later become major motion pictures, and some were even split into two films. In their entirety, the movies have grossed $7.7 billion.
Above all else, the books brought the joy of reading to an entire generation.
According to Time, 450 million Harry Potter books are in print worldwide. The final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," sold 11 million copies in its first day of sales. The books have been translated into 73 different languages.
Pottermore reported that not only will this newest book be released this summer, but in 2017 and beyond anniversary editions and illustrated copies of Harry Potter books and some of Rowling's other works will be made available to fans. For example, an illustrated version of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" will be sold starting in October of this year, much to the delight of excited Harry Potter buffs.
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