Attention All Harry Potter Fans!

I am a Harry Potter nerd, and I own hardcover copies of all seven books by J. K. Rowling. I love them all, and have read them all several times. The last book, book seven, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was wonderful, but left me wondering about a few details.

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t read book seven, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” stop right here. You have been warned.

In the last book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” we know that Harry married his best friend’s sister, Ginny Weasley. We know that they have three children, the first two named after Harry’s late parents, James and Lily, and the last, Albus Severus, nicknamed Al. The book ends with Harry and Ginny putting Al on the Hogwarts Express to attend his first year at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft.

I’m sure I am not alone in wondering about Harry’s life after the death of Lord Voldemort; did he become an auror? Did he work for the Ministry of Magic? What was his and Ginny’s life like together? Did they see Ron and Hermione often? And so on. I always wanted to see either a prequel book of Harry’s life after the Dursleys reluctantly took him in as a baby to the time he learned he was a wizard–or, a book about his life after the death of Lord Voldemort.

Well, miracle of miracles, J. K. Rowling has written just such a book, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” parts I and II! It will come out in July of this year, and I am over the moon about it.

From Amazon, I quote:

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

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.”

My poor patient husband, the Crankee Yankee, has been with me for each Harry Potter book that came out. I was always in the midnight crowd the hot minute the latest book was available; driven there by the Crankee Yankee who waited patiently for me to get my copy. The same went for every Harry Potter movie; he would buy me a ticket, tell me to have a great time, and then have to listen to me tell him all about the entire movie when I got home.

His reaction to the new book was just what I expected: “oh, boy–he’s baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!” And I can’t wait!!