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Updated: February 11, 2016

New Harry Potter book: Yes it's a new book; no, it's not what you think

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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Twitter and Facebook were abuzz Wednesday when word got out that there would be an eighth Harry Potter book coming out later this year. 

But J.K. Rowling hit social media to clarify what exactly will be hitting bookstore shelves. 

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Scholastic is releasing "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," but it is not part of the series of best-selling books, Entertainment Weekly reported. 

Rowling said the book is a script only. It is not a novel and it is not a prequel.

"The Cursed Child" happens 19 years after "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Rowling and Scholastic both have confirmed.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be released July 31.

The date has some significance in the Potter world. According to Scholastic, July 31 is Harry's birthday.

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