J.K. Rowling reveals plot and art for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child artEarlier this year J.K. Rowling announced, much to the delight of her avid fans, that she was working on a new Potter story that will be presented as a play in the West End. She has now recently released some art work for said play, as well as more details about the plot.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set nineteen years after the seventh book in the series, which ended with an epilogue showing Harry and his friends all grown up and sending their children to Hogwarts on Platform 9 3/4. This exciting new chapter explores the lives of our heroes in the aftermath of their adventures. The play was written by Jack Thorne in collaboration with Rowling, and it will be directed by Olivier- and Tony-award winning director John Tiffany.

Here is the official synopsis of the play:

“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.”

In a report on Pottermore, Rowling, Thorne, and Tiffany had this to say of the project:

“It is very exciting to explore Harry’s world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre. 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 added:

“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.”

Like the film adaptation of the last book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be split into two parts which audiences may watch in order either on the same day (matinee and evening performances) or on two consecutive evenings.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens in London’s West End next summer.