Harry Potter

July 31 is almost here and for all of you Potter-heads, that means two things — it’s almost Harry Potter’s birthday and it’s time to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.  

Despite the confusion surrounding the book for many people (Who’s the cursed child? Is this going to be like the rest of the books? Is it a book? Is it a play?), picking up your own copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II isn’t as difficult as you might think.

According to Pottermore, it will be available for digital download and in print copies across the world at precisely 12:01 a.m  Sunday, July 31, the script (in a book format). You can pre-order an actual print publication now at book retailers like Amazon, but you can also pre-order the eBook if you prefer to read it on a Kindle or other electronic reading device.

Of course, you can also head into any book store on July 31 and pick up a copy there. (Assuming they haven’t run out.) But if you want to relive the best moments of your childhood with a heavy dose of nostalgia, find out where all the South African Harry Potter launch parties are here.

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Official summary of the book:

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

Once you have your hands on it, be sure to take a quick moment to read the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. After all, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is considered the eighth story, picking up 19 years after the last book finished. And the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? It’s also 19 years after Harry and the gang defeated Voldemort.

HPDH1-00168¿(L-r) DANIEL RADCLIFFE as Harry Potter, RUPERT GRINT as Ron Weasley and EMMA WATSON as Hermione Granger in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure “HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Jaap Buitendijk

Trust me, it’s important to re-read that sweet epilogue. You need to let go of all you truly remember about Harry Potter and focus on the adult versions of your favorite trio. It’s been 19 years since Snape died. 20 since you lost Dumbledore, and, 21 since Sirius passed away. You have to change your whole mindset before you dive into Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the best way to do it is to revisit the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

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