Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an upcoming two-part West End stage play written by Jack Thorne and based on a story by author J. K. Rowling, Thorne and director John Tiffany. The play is scheduled to open on July 30, 2016 at the Palace Theatre, London, England, and will feature Rowling collaborating with an experienced team to bring the production to the stage.
On announcing plans for the project, Rowling stated that the play would not be a prequel. In response to queries regarding the choice of a play rather than a new novel, Rowling has stated that she �is confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it is the only proper medium for the story”. Rowling has also assured audiences that the play will contain an entirely new story and will not be a rehashing of previously explored content.
On 10 February 2016, it was announced that both parts of the stage play’s script would be released in print and digital formats as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II.
It will receive a first edition, entitled “Special Rehearsal Edition”, corresponding to the preview shows and will be published on 31 July 2016, the date of Harry’s birthday in the series and Rowling’s birthday, as well. At a later date it will be re-released as a “Definitive Collector’s Edition”.
The script book will in-turn be released July 31, 2016; becoming the eighth official installment in the Harry Potter book series. The story is set nineteen years after the ending of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his youngest son Albus Severus Potter. It reveals harry grappling with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, also 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.