Inside Look at 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'

It picks up where "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" left off.

ByABC News
July 26, 2016, 8:21 AM

— -- Harry Potter fans around the world are anxiously waiting to find out what happens to the boy wizard in the eagerly anticipated “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two.”

The story will hit U.S. bookshelves on July 31, the day after a play by the same name opens on London’s West End.

ABC News’ Juju Chang got insight into the story with Arthur A. Levine, the editor responsible for bringing the Harry Potter book franchise to America.

“The Cursed Child” picks up where the epilogue of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” -- the seventh novel in the series, published in 2007 -- left off. It has been 19 years since Voldemort’s death and Harry has a day job of hunting down dark wizards for the Ministry of Magic.

He is also sending his young son, Albus Severus, off to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

When asked if danger looms in the new story, Levine replied, “You can only imagine.”

Levine was tight-lipped about other details in the plot of the play's script. There may be a surprise twist and we will not know if there is a happy ending until after the installment is released.

“You wouldn’t want me to,” Levine replied when asked to reveal if Harry lives happily ever after.

Levine did say the story will appeal to even the few people who have not yet read a Harry Potter book or become a fan.

“It's about the question of how do you be a true friend? How do you be a good parent?” he said. “These are larger things that everyone can relate to and you don't really have to be a Harry Potter fan.”

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