Amazon announces its best-selling books of 2016 and No. 1 won’t surprise you at all

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The Harry Potter books have long been bestsellers, and now they’re joined by the first Harry Potter play. The script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, now on stage in London, was Amazon’s No. 1 bestseller of 2016.

“The power of Potter is still strong, and readers of all ages can’t get enough of Hogwarts,” said Amazon Senior Book Editor Chris Schluep in a press release. ”Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was the most anticipated book of the year, breaking pre-order records months before its release.”

Cursed Child is first play ever to reach Amazon’s top 20 bestsellers for a year. Here is the full list. Read more…

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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is coming to the U.S.

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LOS ANGELES — Happy almost holidays, No-Majs. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth Harry Potter story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, is scheduled for a Spring 2018 New York City debut.

The two-part show, which debuted in July 2016 at London’s Palace Theatre, is ironing out the details to move to Broadway’s Lyric Theatre when it finishes its run in the UK.

Pricing for the New York City show has yet to be disclosed, but the show’s stage producer hinted in a statement that low-priced options would be available. 

Many in the UK have complained about the availability of low-priced tickets, with eager theater-goers forced to pay higher prices.  Read more…

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I love you J.K. Rowling, but ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is not ‘affordable’

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LONDON — Back in October 2015, I was one of thousands of Harry Potter fans who joined the eager online queue for Cursed Child tickets.

The whole process was exciting and incredibly frustrating. In the end it took four-and-a-half hours, I was booted out of the system once and had to rejoin the queue in 17,742nd spot, and when I finally did get tickets I was so deliriously excited I barely registered the fact I’d just spent £240 for two seats that came with a “view may be partially restricted” warning. Read more…

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