The script of the upcoming West End play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has broken Barnes & Noble’s record for the most pre-ordered book, Entertainment Weekly reports. The record was previously held by the seventh (and final) Harry Potter installment, which came out in 2007. Cursed Child has topped best-sellers lists for both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Specific numbers of pre-sold copies were not announced.
The “Special Rehearsal Edition” of the Cursed Child book features the rehearsal script for the London play, written by Jack Thorne. The stage production, currently in previews, opens July 30th and the script goes on sale the next day, July 31st.
The two-part Cursed Child – set 19 years after the ending of Deathly Hallows, the series’ final book – follows the titular wizard, now a father of three working for the Ministry of Magic. “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,” reads an official plot description. “As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”
“I am confident that when audiences see the play, they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story,” Rowling clarified last year. “I’ve had countless offers to extend Harry’s story over the years, but Jack, John and [producer] Sonia Friedman are a dream team! It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry’s story.”