While we all wait excitedly for 2016’s Harry Potter spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it’s easy to forget that another announced Harry Potter project is also in the works from J.K. Rowling. The other project of course being Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which will be a two-part stage play centered in the Wizarding World during a specific point in Harry’s life. Yesterday, the first official artwork for the play was released online (see above), and while hardly any actual details from the production’s story have been released, it looks like fans can finally know what to expect from the Cursed Child.
Rowling herself revealed the story details for the play on Pottermore earlier today, and for those of you out there who have been silently begging for another installment in the 7-part Harry Potter franchise – it looks like your wish has been granted. The play has officially been dubbed as the eighth story in the Harry Potter franchise, picking up nineteen years after Deathly Hallows left off.
Here is the official synopsis for the production:
“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 stage play is written by John Tiffany, who created the story with Rowling herself, and will be directed by Jack Thorne, with Imogen Heap providing the music for the production. While it was originally only supposed to be onepart, the play has since been split into two because the story was apparently too “epic” to fit into only one, which won’t be the first time a Harry Potter story has been split into two.
The play will run previews in June 2016, with additional performances also planned for some time in May, although no specific details have been released. Tickets will be available to purchase on October 28th at 11AM GMT, for anyone out there who registered for priority booking (you still have one more day to register here), and ticketing will become available to the public on October 30th at 11AM GMT as well. As one of the many people who have been waiting and hoping to see more from Harry and the beloved original characters too – I don’t think this will be one to miss.
Previews for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will run from June 7 – July 29, 2016.
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