UPDATE: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” opening dates have been revealed, as well. Previews will begin on June 7 with tickets available at a discounted rate, while the official opening will be Saturday, July 30. Tickets for both parts of the play will be sold in a package.
You can stop wondering, “Harry Potter” fans–interactive fansite Pottermore has revealed the plot of the upcoming “Harry Potter” play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”
Writer J.K. Rowling has been adamant that the play is not a prequel and even shot down a fan theory that the child in the play is a young Lord Voldemort. It turns out the play is actually a sequel, an “eighth story” set 19 years after the events of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” involving Harry’s son Albus Severus–similar to a theory we at Examiner previously considered.
“So now you know it really isn’t a prequel,” Rowling tweeted.
The synopsis 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.
The new story was written by Jack Thorne in collaboration with Rowling and will be directed by John Tiffany.
“It is very exciting to explore Harry’s world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre,” the three said. “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.”
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.”
The plot announcement comes just a day after the play’s official artwork was revealed. The art depicts wings above a nest-like enclosure enclosing a child, structured similar;y to both a Quidditch snitch and a bird.
The play will be staged in two parts, to be seen either on the same day or on consecutive days. Although no casting announcements have been made, Pottermore reports it will include over 30 actors.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will open next fall in London’s West End. Fans looking to register for priority ticket offers have just one day left–priority registration, which will give fans the chance to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public, ends tomorrow, Oct. 24. Priority tickets will then go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 28, on a first-come, first-served basis to those who registered. The general-public sale will follow on Friday, Oct. 30.