Muggles go mental for Harry Potter’s latest

In its first three days, the print edition of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child has reportedly sold more than 170,000 copies in Australia. To provide some context on that magical sales feat: only five books sold more than 170,000 copies each in Australia during the entirety of 2015.

“While we won’t have official Bookscan data until next Wednesday retailer feedback suggests that we sold over 170,000 copies in the first three days of sales”, said Hachette Australia Managing Director, Louise Sherwin-Stark. “This is a phenomenal number and makes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child the biggest book in the Australian market since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007, and the fastest-selling script book ever.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play by Jack Thorne based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, opened at The Palace Theatre in London’s West End last Saturday (July 30th).

The current ‘Special Rehearsal Edition’ of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child contains the complete script, including stage directions, used by the original West End production during the play’s preview period and is available for a limited time. A ‘Definitive Edition’ will be published early 2017 containing the definitive script with final stage directions and annotations, plus extra content, such as writings from the play’s creative team.

Joanna Murray-Smith wrote in her review of the script for Daily Review:

“There is barely a page of the script one does not yearn to see immediately staged, so replete is it with volatile time-shifts, mercurial wand-zapping, invisible locks slamming into place and glimpses of Voldemort emerging from other characters, the transfiguration ‘slow and monstrous’. Unlike a whiz-bang Hollywood movie, where the effects replace story, here they emerge organically out of the narrative, which is, like all the Harry Potterthat has gone before it, moving, funny and complexly human.”

And for those wanting more of the wizarding world in print, J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut for the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in November 2016.

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