New 'Harry Potter' book tops French bestseller list - despite only being available in English

The script book sold more than 36,000 copies during its first week on sale in France

New 'Harry Potter' book tops French bestseller list - despite only being available in English

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The new Harry Potter book has topped the bestseller chart in France - despite only being published in English.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the script for the recently opened West End play, holds the number one spot on the weekly GFK/Livres Hebdo list.

The script - written by Jack Thorne, based on a story by Thorne, JK Rowling and John Tiffany - is not due to be published in a French language version until October.

However, the English version is reported to have sold between 36,000 and 40,000 copies during its first week on sale.

While impressive, the sales did not live up to the original English version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. 

The final entry in the original series of novels sold 200,000 copies in France during its first two weeks on sale in 2007, according to The Local.fr.

Although the script book has not reached the sort of dizzying sales heights enjoyed by its predecessors, it has still proven a huge commercial success and is expected to be one of if not the best selling book of the year.

...The Cursed Child shot straight to number one in the UK and Ireland following its publication on July 31st - selling almost 850,000 print copies in the UK and over 35,000 print copies in Ireland in its first week.

It is already the fastest-selling book of this decade in the UK.

The book, which contains the entire script for the two-part play, is based on the rehearsal version of the script.

An updated 'Definitive Collector's Edition' will be published next year.

The play itself, meanwhile, sold out its latest batch of tickets through to December 2017, although 40 extra tickets for the following week's shows are released every Friday.