Scholastic, the publisher of the Harry Potter novels, announced that more than two million copies of the playscript have been sold in its first two days of availability.
The playscript has three authors: J.K. Rowling is joined by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, and the stage show opened to wide acclaim in London’s West End on July 30. The script is published by Scholastic in the US and Canada, producing this North American sales report of more than 2 million copies in two days.
“Eager fans of all ages gathered at midnight parties in bookstores and libraries to get their copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, bringing communities together to celebrate the magic of reading and the power of great storytelling,” says Ellie Berger, President of Scholastic Trade, in a prepared statement.
So far the reaction to the book itself has been pretty negative. There are story plot points which fans of the books believe would never happen if Rowling had been properly involved. It is a mystery to most how it would even get her approval.
Rowling herself has gone on to say that this is not the eighth book of the franchise and is only meant to be a script for the play. Even that, it is only an early draft of the script and will be subjected to an update towards the end of year. She did keep an opening for potential works on the next generation or previous. Meaning we could see stories about his children or his parents.