Nine years after the final Harry Potter book was released, Harry Potter and the Cursed Childwill update us on the lives of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, and their families. The two-part show is set to start previews at The Palace Theatre in London on June 7th and we’ll be bringing you a review of the play after we see it later this month. For now, here’s everything we know so far about the much-anticipated production…
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Plot
Via the Pottermore website, it’s been revealed that Harry Potter And The Cursed Child stage play is officially designated “the eighth story in the Harry Potter series.” It’s not a prequel, as some had guessed, but a full-on sequel to the original books, set 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Here’s the official 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.
In addition to Harry and Albus, we also know that Hermione, Ron, Rose Granger-Weasley, Ginny, Draco, and Scorpius Malfoy will all play principal roles in the production.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Writer
The script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Childwas written by the prolific TV and stage scribe Jack Thorne, from a story outlined by Thorne, J.K. Rowling, and director John Tiffany. Tiffany, who also worked with Thorne on the stage adaptation of Swedish romantic horror novel and film Let the Right One In, told Pottermore of Thorne’s Cursed Childscript:
Jack went away and came back with the first forty pages. The big thing had happened. He’d written dialogue for Jo’s characters and they sounded like themselves. He’d brought them back. I can’t tell you what it was like to see that.
Thorne said of writing the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:
Sometimes I can’t believe it; the idea that we have written the eighth story of Harry Potter. The whole time, I’ve felt this great responsibility to the previous seven stories. Theatre is very different to film; we’ve had to find our own way into the stories. We are starting to see it all come together in workshops now and it’s just wonderful.
To learm more about Thorne’s TV work, check out our story on the subject. In related new, Thorne will also be penning the scripts for the upcoming TV adaptation of that other children’s book classic His Dark Materials.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Cast
Harry Potter and the Cursed Childhas a huge cast and crew. The picture above shows all 56 members of the cast, creative team, and production team. In the gallery at the top of this article, you can scroll through pictures of the principal cast, which includes: Harry Potter (Jamie Parker), Ginny Weasley Potter (Poppy Miller), Albus Severus Potter (Sam Clemmet), Hermione Granger (Noma Dumezweni), Ron Weasley (Paul Thornley), and Rose Granger-Weasley (Cherrelle Skeete).
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Movie
J.K. Rowling has confirmed via Twitter that there are currently no plans for a movie version of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Book
There will, however, be a book release of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Childscript. Scholastic will be releasing the scriptbook on July 31st. (For you Muggles/No-Majs out there, that’s the birthday of both Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling.) The play will open a day before the book is released.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Tickets
If you happen to be planning a trip to London, you can book tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Childonline. The play is in two parts, which means you will need to buy tickets for both parts one and two. On Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, there will be a matinee performance of part one and an evening performance of part two. On Thursdays, there will be an evening performance of part one and, on Fridays, there will be an evening performance of part two. Tickets start at 15 pounds per performance.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Childwill also be releasing 40 tickets for every performance. Tickets will go on sale the Friday before the available week of performances at the official site, and will start at 15 pounds per ticket per performance during previews, then go up to 20 pounds after the play officially opens. Those going for tickets in one of the “Friday Forty” releases will only be allowed a maximum of two tickets per performance.
If you’re looking for more specific information about the logistics of buying tickets, we’ll direct you to the official site for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Trailer
Check out a behind-the-scenes look at Harry Potter and the Cursed Childabove. The trailer tends to focus more on the non-cast components of the production (including the detail that Imogen Heap is doing the music for the play!). The video below, however, gives a better look at the cast in action (or at least costume), with a behind-the-scenes look at the photo sessions for the character portraits featured at the top of this article…
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Poster
And here’s the full poster foer Harry Potter And The Cursed Child… The now-iconic image of what is presumably supposed to be Albus Potter in a winged nest has been seen on much of the show’s promotional material. It’s an angsty image that certainly hints at a darker side to this Harry Pottersequel. Hopefully, the meaning behind the image will become a bit clearer once we know more about the play’s plot.
We’ll keep this article updated with news as it develops. And be sure to check back for our review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! In the mean time, check out our speculative feature on the identity of the cursed child?