Following the poster release this morning, Pottermore has just announced that upcoming stage play The Cursed Child will act as an eighth Harry Potter story. It will also revolve around a grown-up Harry and his and Ginny’s youngest son Albus Severus. We are literally screaming right now.
The play is being written by JK Rowling and Jack Thorne (This Is England ’88, The Fades) and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner John Tiffany, with music by Imogen Heap. It will be an original new story, and can of course be considered Potter-canon.
Read the official synopsis right here:
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.
It was previously thought by fans that Harry Potter And The Cursed Child was going to be a prequel to the Potter books, showing Harry’s early life with the Dursleys, despite the fact that JK herself protested every chance she got. How depressing would that have been?
Instead, we’re going to get our first proper look (not including the epilogue, obviously) at Harry’s life post-Battle of Hogwarts.
Speaking of the play, JK said: “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.” OMG.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is split into two parts, and will run in the West End’s Palace Theatre in London in the summer of 2016. Find out where, when and how to get tickets with this handy guide provided by the peeps at Pottermore. GAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH!