‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Is a Sequel to ‘Deathly Hallows’ Book
The saga continues.
J.K. Rowling has confirmed that her upcoming stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be a continuation of the series. According to the British author, the play, which will debut in London’s West End in May 2016, will take place 19 years after the events of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus Potter, is said to be the titular child. The full synopsis of the play, which was shared on Rowling’s Pottermore website, reads:
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.
As with the Deathly Hallows film adaptation, Cursed Child, which is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series, will be divided up into two parts. Fans will have a chance to see both installments on the same day, or choose between attending both parts on consecutive days or watching each parts of the play individually. (Is you head spinning from all of this? A handy guide on how you can watch both parts is listed below.)
Written by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany, the play is a new story penned in collaboration with Rowling herself.
According to Rowling she chose to write a play instead of another novel because “it was the only proper medium for the story.” On Friday (Oct. 23, 2015), she also tweeted:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 23, 2015
So far, no cast has been announced.