J.K. Rowling FINALLY Announces ‘Eighth Harry Potter Story’

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Daniel Radcliffe
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On Pottermore, J.K. Rowling announced that the upcoming play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be a direct sequel to the franchise rather than a prequel, calling it the “eighth story in the Harry Potter series.” Rowling also released an official synopsis for the play which looks to explore the relationship between Harry and his youngest son, Albus Severus (who might be the “cursed child” in the play’s title).

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.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be directed by Olivier and Tony award winner John Tiffany and written by Jack Thorne in collaboration with Rowling.

Because of the “epic nature of the story,” the play will be split into two parts (confirming Harry Potter’s love of unnecessary two parters). The play will feature a cast of over 30 actors, to be announced later, leaving room for fans to speculate about the possible return of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.

While fans might be disappointed that the latest installment in the Harry Potter franchise isn’t a book, Rowling defended the decision explaining, “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. For more information about the play, ticket sales, and priority booking, you can visit HarryPotterthePlay.com