‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Play to Open in 2016

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And the legend that is The Boy Who Lived continues.

Eighteen years after the first Harry Potter novel made its debut, J.K. Rowling announced that her stage play about the boy wizard, titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will open in London’s West End in summer 2016.

According to the British author, she chose to pen a play instead of another novel because “it was the only proper medium for the story.” She also insisted that the stage adaptation will not be a prequel, but rather an “untold part of Harry’s story.”

Rowling collaborated with TV writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany for the play.

News of the new Harry Potter stage show first broke in December 2013 when Rowling announced that she was developing a project about Harry’s life before he was admitted to Hogwarts. At the time, the play was described as something that would “explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is also said to feature a storyline about Harry’s late parents, Lily Evans Potter and James Potter.