Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the script version of the new West End play, recently claimed the best-seller spot at Amazon. But as The Wall Street Journal reports, the book now faces some unexpected competition at Number Two: a $1 pocket edition of the US. Constitution.
The pocket-sized title, produced by the National Center for Constitutional Studies, earned a major boost after Khizr Khan’s stirring speech Thursday at the Democratic National Convention. The Muslim-American lawyer – whose son, U.S Army Captain Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004 – questioned Donald Trump’s knowledge of the constitution, pulling out a pocket copy from his jacket pocket and offering it to the GOP presidential nominee.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which also broke Barnes & Noble’s pre-order record, became Amazon’s most pre-ordered book since 2007’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final installment of J.K. Rowling’s acclaimed novel series. The Potter stage production opened in London on July 30th and is sold-out through next May. The “Special Rehearsal Edition” script book went on sale July 31st.
The two-part play, set 19 years after the ending of Deathly Hallows, picks up with Harry as 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.”