Yesterday, we were offered the first glimpse of brand new artwork related to J.K. Rowling’s upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and we learned that it was coming in two parts. Now we’re learning more about the plot of the play, which is coming to London’s West End in the summer of 2016, and in a nutshell, it is a sequel — not a prequel — taking place 19 years after the events of the first books.
So this is a story about Harry, yes, but it’s also going to be about his son, Albus. Harry is a father of three now, working in the Ministry of Magic, but it doesn’t sound like it’s going quite so swimmingly:
“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.”
Now, this doesn’t quite sound like it’s 19 years after the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which takes place 19 years after the events of the book end. That’s when we see Albus Severus getting ready to go to Hogwarts while the older versions of Harry’s wife Ginny, Ron, and Hermione look on. This could be where The Cursed Child begins, setting Albus up for a journey similar to the one his father took as a young child.
This is basically a Potterhead’s dream come true — the next chapter in Harry’s story, the first one in his son’s. And then Albus can grow up and have babies and we can follow them! And Harry Potter will never, ever, ever have to end! We’ll probably learn this, too: Why Albus and not Harry’s other children James and Lily? There will apparently be a cast of 30 to help tell that story, which will hit the stage in previews next June.