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Friday 15 November 2019

What we know about J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2."
Albus Potter
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Artwork for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Matilda Battersby

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is “definitely not a prequel” it has been confirmed.

Instead the new story from JK Rowling will focus on a grownup Harry and his son, Albus Severus, who appears to be the "cursed child" of the title.

An official synopsis released this morning clears up speculation that the play would centre on Harry’s early life with the Dursleys.

It will see an adult Harry, an Auror working for the Ministry of Magic in early middle-age, “grapple with his past” in relation to his own son’s struggle with “a family legacy he never wanted - presumably Harry’s fame.

Albus Potter
Albus Potter

Albus Severus, who was named after two Hogwarts headmasters (Dumbledore and Snape), made an appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on Platform 9 and 3/4. He is Harry and Ginny's middle child, having an older brother James Sirius and younger sister Lily Luna.

The production, which has been devised with JK Rowling and should be viewed “as a cannon” Harry Potter story, will be in two parts.

The plays are designed to be seen either on consecutive nights or the same day, matinee and evening performance.

Official artwork from the production was unveiled last night showing Harry or Albus Severus sitting in a bird’s nest with wings which resembles a Snitch.

Artwork for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Artwork for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Thorne and his co-creator John Tiffany said: “It is very exciting to explore Harry’s world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre.”

Sonia Friedman of Book of Morman is producing with Colin Calendar and the production will feature a cast of 30.

Previews begin 7 June 2016 with the opening performances of Part One and Part Two on Saturday 30 July 2016.

On Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays there will be a matinee performance of Part One and an evening performance of Part Two.  For the initial on sale period, one ticket will automatically secure the same seat for both Part One and Part Two on the same day.

For subsequent booking periods, tickets for Wednesday matinee and Wednesday evening performances can be bought together or separately. Details of when Saturday and Sunday performances of Parts One and Part Two can be bought separately will be announced at a later date.

Full 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.

(© Independent News Service)

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