Muggles rejoice! Harry Potter is getting the theatrical treatment!
J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany have joined epic forces to bring a brand new, never before told story about Harry Potter to the stage.
The play, titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, opens next summer at the Palace Theatre in London, with tickets going on sale this autumn.
Rowling announced the exciting news this morning (well, her morning) on her official website.
We don’t know much about the plot of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet, but we do know that it will be set when Harry was just a wee lad, still an infant in the ways of magic.
She actually teased the play a couple years ago (yup, this has been in production for a while!) in an official release, releasing these plot details:
This brand new play, which will be developed for the UK theatre, will explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom Destiny has plans…
Although it will tell the untold story of Harry’s early years, the play will NOT be a prequel, a fact which Rowling herself stressed on Twitter:
#CursedChild NOT a prequel. Lots of people asking, so I thought I'd say that again! NOT a prequel!
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
This means that the story will most likely take place during one of Harry’s summer breaks from Hogwarts, a time frame that was rarely explored in the books.
But don’t expect to hear many plot details from Rowling! She will be keeping tight lipped about the play until it premiers next summer in London.
There is no word yet on whether or not the show will ever expand to Broadway in New York City, but for the sake of Potter fans everywhere lets sure as hell hope so!
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