JK Rowling has been pretty mum about her new project, “The Cursed Child,” only revealing that the play was to be performed in two parts, and that it was, emphatically, “not a prequel.”
We also knew that the play was to premiere in London’s West End next summer, and that tickets were to go on sale this fall. But aside from those production/premiere details, there was no word about the plot—until NOW.
JK Rowling took to Twitter this morning, her now-preferred method of communication, to reveal HUGE details about the play and to provide information about ticketing. The plot details are sure to make every Potter fan sob in anticipation…or is that just me?
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 23, 2015
Let’s follow that link, shall we?
Pottermore.com was the one to reveal the juicy plot details about The Cursed Child, elaborating on Harry’s family structure #19YearsLater:
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.
What’s interesting about this synopsis is that it seems to pick up exactly where the epilogue left off. The last we saww Harry, he was offering his youngest son Albus a pep talk about being sorted into Slytherin, and from the looks of this synopsis, it looks like Albus has. Isn’t that a huge no-no for a Potter boy? Isn’t Slytherin the root of all evil?
I GUESS WE’RE GOING TO FIND OUT.
The title doesn’t inspire much confidence, to be sure. Albus will probably be cursed at some point. Just a shot in the dark, here.
Artwork for the show and a trailer have also been released:
For those lucky fans who will be able to be in/travel to London next summer, priority booking for the show, which will be performed in 2 parts (either consecutively or non-consecutively), will be available on October 28th. You can find them here at HarryPotterThePlay.com, and go here for more information.
For those of us who can’t be in London next summer, I have to ask: will the play be televised at all?!