Finally, finally we have some solid answers about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and J.K. Rowling wasn’t trolling us: It’s definitely not a prequel.
Update 2: Thanks to a press release we’ve learned a few extra pieces of information:
– The play’s new website has launched — check it out here!
– The play will be supporting Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s charity to help children in institutions worldwide.
– Rowling has also offered new comments: “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.”
– Here’s the play’s full 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.”
– During previews which begin in June, tickets will be available for as little as £10. 250 tickets for every performance will be at £15 or less per part. Once the show opens in late July, tickets will be available for as little as £15 per part with 250 tickets available for every show priced at £20 or less.
Priority ticket sales will open online at 11am GMT Wednesday, October 28, on a first-come first-served basis. If you’ve registered for priority booking, you’ll be first in line (along with everyone else who registered)!
– Finally, here’s a high-res version of the artwork with the “eighth story, nineteen years later” tagline:
Original story: The Cursed Child is a sequel to Deathly Hallows following Harry and his son Albus Severus, according to The Daily Mail’s theater reporter Baz Bamigboye. “The Cursed Child” refers to Albus Severus, who “must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.” His “‘past and present fuse ominously’ when Harry and his younger son learn the uncomfortable truth that ‘sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.’”
“It’s safe to say that The Cursed Child picks up from where The Deathly Hallows ended,” added The Cursed Child producer Sonia Friedman in Baz’s report.
That must be Albus Severus in the center of today’s new artwork.
The Daily Mail also shared an additional photo of today’s cover art for The Cursed Child, which reveals a very interesting tagline: “The Eighth Story, Nineteen Years Later.”
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) October 22, 2015
The fact that this is actually a sequel to Deathly Hallows is a bit of a shocker. Over the past couple of years there were different reports that indicated it would tell very different stories (Harry in his early years, James and Lily). And yes, Rowling has been telling us it’s not a prequel, but was anyone expecting a sequel like this?
The one thing that still bothers us is that this is being marketed as “the eighth story.” Some fans have been clamoring for an eighth Harry Potter book, and this almost feels like a way to take advantage of those wishes.
In better news, The Daily Mail reports tickets will be available for as little as £15 per show. Remember, The Cursed Child has been split into two separate shows, so you’ll have to pay £30 to see the complete story.
So in short: Yes, we’re finally getting an eighth Harry Potter story. But it’s not in a book.
Tickets go on sale next week. Previews begin in June and the show officially opens in July.