Sadly, the finalized cover for the Cursed Child script book doesn’t offer any extra clues about the play’s plot, as it still uses the promo art of Albus Potter inside the winged nest.

Scholastic and Little, Brown Book Group, the publishers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two in the U.S. and the U.K., respectively, quietly unveiled the final cover for the highly-anticipated script book. The reason it was shared with little buzz is that the cover is very similar to the placeholder artwork that was used for the announcement.

Not surprisingly, the new cover puts more emphasis on J.K. Rowling’s name and highlights the fact that this will be the “Special Rehearsal Edition” of the script. In a curious move, however, the publisher removed the “Eighth Story” tagline that was previously included.


The cover above is Scholastic’s version for U.S. and Canada. Little, Brown also sent us the official UK cover which varies only slightly from the American one, eliminating the 3D effect of the title letters and making them flat. You can see it here.

It’s interesting how clearly this cover differentiates the script book from the original seven novels, which featured artwork by Mary GrandPré (and more recently by Kazu Kibuishi) in the United States.

“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,” reads the play synopsis. “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.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two hits bookshelves on July 31, 2016, a day after the its opening night on London’s West End.

Update 5/04, 1:00 p.m. ET: The article was updated to include the U.K. version of the cover.

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