BLIND and partially sighted people can enjoy the magic of the latest Harry Potter instalment with accessible editions created.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has teamed up with publisher Little, Brown to make Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I and II script book accessible to people with sight loss.
RNIB has created a braille edition and a giant print edition, both of which went on sale on August 1.
A talking book version will also be slytherin’ onto the shelves “very soon”.
The Special Rehearsal edition of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I and II is an original new story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, set 19 years after the last book.
The play officially opened at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on Saturday, July 30, while the script book, published by Little, Brown, was released in bookshops at midnight on Sunday, July 31.
On the stage Jamie Parker plays Harry Potter, Noma Dumezweni plays Hermione Granger, and Paul Thornley, who is one of the Talking Book narrators, is playing Ron Weasley.
Steve Tyler, Head of Solutions Strategy and Planning at RNIB, said the RNIB Library was pleased to make the high profile title available in Braille and Giant Print so that blind and partially sighted readers could enjoy the book.
“Books open up a whole new world for blind and partially sighted people, transforming lives, ending isolation and expanding horizons,” Steve said.
“It’s wonderful that today we can thank Little, Brown for ensuring that people with sight loss can read the latest Harry Potter story at the same time as everyone else.”
The Cursed Child script book, as well as all seven previous Harry Potter titles, is available from the RNIB Library.
For more information visit www.rnib.org.uk/harry-potter