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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script sells 850,000 copies in first week

In three days, 680,000 copies of the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been sold. Photo: Pottermore In three days, 680,000 copies of the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been sold. Photo: Pottermore
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Jack Thorne’s script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sold nearly 850,000 copies in its first week on sale, making it the biggest-selling play since records began.

The play, based on an original story by JK Rowling, Thorne and director John Tiffany, sold 680,000 print copies in its first three days on sale, becoming the fastest selling book in nearly a decade.

However after seven days of release, UK sales of the script have hit 847,886 – worth £8.76 million – outstripping the total number of drama texts, plays and screenplays sold last year (690,557).

It is also now the best-selling play since records began in 1998, beating the Penguin Classic edition of Romeo and Juliet – which has sold 127,726 copies – into second place.

Publisher David Shelley, chief executive of Little, Brown Book Group, told The Bookseller sales were “way beyond our most optimistic expectations”.

He added the sales figures were “testament to the passion readers have for JK Rowling’s wizarding world, as well as to the amazing reception the play itself has had”.

The record-breaking sales of the script come after theatre publisher Nick Hern Books told The Stage it was likely to become “the most read play of all time” – and could boost sales for other plays.

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