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You Can Now Pre-Order the Script Book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Harry Potter fans have a lot to look forward to this year. The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to open in London this summer and a new movie called Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in November. On top of upcoming things to watch, there are also things to buy, like Harry Potter coloring books—and soon, the special rehearsal script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II.

The script, which was written by Jack Thorne and based on a story from J. K. Rowling, is the one currently being used for rehearsal and previews. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child picks up where the book series left off. Nineteen years after Voldemort's demise, Potter is now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic. In the story, he and his youngest son Albus together learn that darkness comes from unexpected places.

Print and digital versions of the special rehearsal edition screen play will become available July 31, the day after the play's official world premiere. You can pre-order a copy for yourself right here.

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A Hamilton-Themed Cookbook is Coming
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Fans of Broadway hit Hamilton will soon be able to dine like the Founding Fathers: As Eater reports, a new Alexander Hamilton-inspired cookbook is slated for release in fall 2017.

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Called The Hamilton Cookbook: Cooking, Eating, and Entertaining in Hamilton’s World, the recipe collection by author Laura Kumin “takes you into Hamilton’s home and to his table, with historical information, recipes, and tips on how you can prepare food and serve the food that our founding fathers enjoyed in their day,” according to the Amazon description. It also recounts Hamilton’s favorite dishes, how he enjoyed them, and which ingredients were used.

Recipes included are cauliflower florets two ways, fried sausages and apples, gingerbread cake, and apple pie. (Cue the "young, scrappy, and hungry" references.) The cookbook’s official release is on November 21—but until then, you can stave off your appetite for all things Hamilton-related by downloading the musical’s new app.

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New Tolkien-Themed Botany Book Describes the Plants of Middle-Earth
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While reading The Lord of the Rings saga, it's hard not to notice J.R.R. Tolkien’s clear love of nature. The books are replete with descriptions of lush foliage, rolling prairies, and coniferous forests. A new botany book builds on that knowledge: Entertainment Weekly reports that Flora of Middle-Earth: Plants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Legendarium provides fantasy-loving naturalists with a round-up of plants that grow in Middle-earth.

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Written by University of Florida botanist Walter Judd, the book explores the ecology, etymology, and importance of over 160 plants. Many are either real—coffee, barley, wheat, etc.—or based on real-life species. (For example, pipe-weed may be tobacco, and mallorns are large trees similar to beech trees.)

Using his botany background, Judd explores why Tolkien may have felt compelled to include each in his fantasy world. His analyses are paired with woodcut-style drawings by artist Graham Judd, which depict Middle-earth's flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and shrubs in their "natural" environments.

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