It’s official: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and Pottermore has debuted a synopsis.
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.
When we last saw Harry he was waving off his eldest children, James Sirius and Albus Severus, at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. This next exciting chapter in the story will explore Harry’s life after that moment for the very first time.
Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony award-winner John Tiffany, the play is a brand new story written in collaboration with J.K. Rowling. The play is in two parts, due to the ‘epic nature of the story,’ and will feature a cast of over 30 actors, to be announced later.
J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany said: “It is very exciting to explore Harry’s world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre. Collaborating on this story is exhilarating for all of us and we can’t wait to present the eighth story at the Palace Theatre next summer.”
J.K. Rowling continued: “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.”
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, October 28, on a first come first served basis to all who have registered for priority booking, and at 11am GMT on Friday, October 30 to the general public.
You can still register for priority booking at HarryPotterthePlay.com to have the first opportunity to purchase tickets before they go on sale to the general public. Priority registration closes Saturday 24 October at 11.45pm BST.