Harry Potter fans have been hungry for more installments in the magical saga since The Deathly Hallows arrived on shelves back in 2007. Earlier this year, J.K. Rowling announced that fans would finally get that wish, but in an unexpected way — a two-part stage play entitled Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. While Rowling made it very clear that the play was not a prequel, details have been scarce…until now.
Yesterday we got a first look at the poster, and today on Pottermore, Rowling finally announced some details on what to expect from what she has officially dubbed “the eighth story in the Harry Potter series.” The play will center on the overworked adult Harry and his youngest son, Albus, in a story that will see the “past and present fuse ominously”, as “darkness comes form unexpected places.”
Check out the full synopsis below.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
The new stage play written by Jack Thorne, based on the original tale from Rowling, Thorne and John Tiffany, who will direct the two-part show when it premieres at the Palace Theatre next summer. If you’re wondering how to get tickets, here are the details:
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to London’s West End summer 2016. Tickets go on sale online only at 11am GMT on Wednesday 28 October, on a first come first served basis to all who have registered for priority booking, and at 11am GMT on Friday 30 October to the general public.
You can still register for priority booking here, but hurry because the registration period shuts down tomorrow.
I have to admit a bit of ire at the thought that the opportunity to see the next chapter in Harry’s saga is only available to London-based fans who have the income and accessibility to see two stage plays. However, Rowling seems adamant that this is the right way to tell that story, and she’s done a pretty good job with that story so far, so I’m just going to have to trust her. Hopefully there will be some satellite broadcast opportunities for the international fanbase.
Rowling has clarified that the play, which will feature a cast of over 30 actors, is in two parts due to the “epic nature of the story”. She further explains,
‘The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage. I’m confident that when audiences see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way.’
The Cursed Child is the first time fans will learn of Harry’s adult life following the epilogue, which saw him waving off his children James Sirius and Albus Severus as they departed Platform Nine and Three-Quarters for Hogwarts.