J.K. Rowling reveals plans for ‘Harry Potter’ sequel

10.23.15 1 year ago

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Ever wonder what happened to Harry, Hermione, and Ron now that they”re fully grown wizards…and witch? Or, more to the point, their children?

J.K. Rowling has been generous enough to tease fans with glimpses of her beloved characters adult lives on her website Pottermore, but the prolific author has now revealed that she will be taking the exploration a step further with her upcoming stage play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Planned as a sequel set 19 years after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the cursed child will focus on Harry”s youngest son, Albus Severus. 

Take a look at the official synopsis below:

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.

And the 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.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes to London”s West End summer 2016. Tickets go on sale online only at 11am GMT on Wednesday 28 October, on a first come first served basis to all who have registered for priority booking, and at 11am GMT on Friday 30 October to the general public.

Now, there”s little chance that Daniel Radcliffe, still a young man, would play the older, fatherly, civil servant version of Harry. Indeed, the actor has pointedly carved out a career that is distinct from his famous character. Yet, my fan brain can”t help but wonder if the stars might align for a film version of “Cursed Child” some day, and if he would consider a return at that time…

In the interim, let us know what you think of the plans for the play! 

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