‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,’ comes out at 12:01 a.m. Sunday.

Perhaps you’ve read ­every “Harry Potter” book, consider yourself a potions master and are certain you were born a Hufflepuff.  But there’s a “Potter” experience you probably haven’t had: attending a late-night book-release party. Saturday may be your only chance, as bookstores throughout the Washington area are staying open to celebrate the midnight release of J.K. Rowling’s new story, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The book ($30) will officially release July 31 at 12:01 a.m. Unlike the other “Potter” books, “Cursed Child” is a script, with stage directions and dialogue for a two-part play that opens July 30 in London, England. Rowling devised the story with director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne, who wrote the script. This is actually the “Special Rehearsal Edition” of “Cursed Child,” the version of the script that was used during preview performances of the play this summer. Plays are often tweaked during previews, which give the director, writers and actors a chance to revise material before opening night. A “Definitive Collector’s Edition” of the book will be released later, according to the publisher, Scholastic. Fans have been guessing about the plot of “Cursed Child” since the play was announced last summer, and preview audiences ­haven’t spoiled the surprise. So far, we know that the story picks up where “Deathly Hallows” left off. Harry is middle-aged, married to Ginny Weasley and has three kids. Middle child Albus is struggling with his father’s legacy, and apparently life for Harry hasn’t gotten easier since Voldemort was defeated. After releasing the book available all online bookstore.

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