After months of the Internet hounding poor J.K. Rowling about details about the new magical story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, we have confirmation that it will be the official eighth Harry Potter story and the first story to be presented on stage.
Originally the Internet was convinced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was a prequel, with the “cursed child” referred to Harry himself. Even after Rowling debunked these rumours, fans were not buying it, and were convinced that we would be getting a taste of the world pre The Chosen One.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 23, 2015
But now in a very delightful twist we have learned that the new stage adaptation will be the eighth Harry Potter story meaning that it will be taking place after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.
The play is set in two parts and will feature a cast of over 30 actors (to be announced), taking place right after the last story ended where Harry drops James Sirius and Albus Severus off at Platform 9 3/4. The play will explore what Harry‘s life has been like after he defeated Lord Voldermort and where he now has a family and a job at the Ministry of Magic. The play was written by Jack Thorne in collaboration with J.K. Rowling and is directed by John Tiffany.
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.
If you’re keen on watching this two part play you will be able to purchase tickets from 30 October 2015 for London’s West End in mid-2016.