For some time now, J.K. Rowling has expressed varying degrees of exasperation whenever fans ask her if the upcoming two-part play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is a prequel. And there is a very good reason for that. Its not a prequel to the Harry Potter novelsits a sequel.
Were finally getting that book 8 in the form of a play from Rowling, Jack Thorne (who wrote the plays), and John Tiffany, who will be directing.
This revelation comes with the debut of new artwork for the play. It features a small child who isnt Harryno glasses or scarin a straw Golden Snitch. The tagline reads, The eighth story. Nineteen years later.
The Cursed Childs website later revealed the official synopsis of the two-part play, revealing the cursed childs identity: Its none other than Harry and Ginnys middle child, Albus Severus Potter.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isnt 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.
The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage, Rowling said. Im confident that when audiences see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way.
No cast has officially been announced, but fans will soon be able to purchase tickets. Preview shows run from June 7 to July 29, 2016, with tickets running from 10-50 ($15.35-$76.75) to see both parts. Tickets go on sale Oct. 28 at 11am GMT (6am ET) for those whove registered for priority booking and on Oct. 30 at 11am GMT (6am ET) for the general public.
The Cursed Child will open July 30, 2016, and starting Aug. 3 tickets will cost from 15-65 ($23.02-$99.77).
Many fans are excited to learn about the next saga in Harry and Albuss life, but amid the new reports came some concerns.
Its too early in The Cursed Childs life to tell how exactly itll do, aside from presuming that Harry Potter fans will be all over it. The fandom and theatergoers alike will probably want to check it out. But the main issue with The Cursed Child is accessibility.
Tickets to see The Cursed Child will cost more than a book or DVD (although are less than what many Broadway shows cheapest seats cost). While fans in the U.K. can presumably get to London without too much trouble, it will cost those outside the U.K. a lot more than to support Rowlings latest endeavor.
Fans elsewhere can keep their fingers crossed that it may eventually travel to Broadway and tour around the world, or at least end up being streamed to movie theaters as a special event. Maybe one day it’ll become a play that high schools or colleges can perform. But due to the nature of the beast that is the Internet, many fans will likely find out what happens in The Cursed Child a different way: through video, photos, and spoilery poststhe exact opposite of how Rowling wanted people to discover the next part of Harry and Albuss story.
Melissa Anelli over at the Leaky Cauldron assures fans that while it may be frustrating that we might not all be able to experience it all at once, its in the medium that its meant to be told.
Art takes whatever form it needs to serve its story, she wrote. Playsat least good onesare plays when they can be nothing else. To ask J.K. Rowling not to best serve her story, or not to follow the creative urge where it was naturally leading her, or force this story into a different shape because it would be easier to send out into the world, would be asking her to disservice it in some way, shape, or form.
But what is that story? We have eight more months until we can see it, so start speculating.