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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is About Albus Severus Potter

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**FILE ** British author J.K. Rowling poses for a photo at the release of her latest Harry Potter book titled "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" at the Natural History Museum in London, in this July 20, 2007 file photo. Rowling is scheduled to testify Monday, April 14, 2008 in a trial that is sure to generate huge interest among Harry Potter fans and the public. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file)

New details have been released about the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which debuts in London’s West End in 2016.

Synopsis:

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.

Official Statement via Pottermore:

The play is in two parts, due to the ‘epic nature of the story’, and will feature a cast of over 30 actors, to be announced later.


J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany said: ‘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.’

J.K. 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.’

My main question was always “why a play?” so I look forward to the answer. Albus Severus is the youngest child of Harry and Ginny Potter, who was named after the Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape. Raise your hand if you’re getting wistful!

Tickets go on sale October 28, 2015.

Will you try to make it to the play? Do you have expectations it will expand into another format, like a novel, musical or movie? Do you think Albus Severus is in Slytherin, or Gryffindor?

 

Bri is the founder and co-editor of What the Fangirl. She loves chai lattes, Disney and fairy tales.

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