It’s been nine years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As of late, however, author J.K. Rowling has been revisiting the franchise that made her a worldwide sensation. A theatrical adaptation of her Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is currently in production, as is a staging of an entirely new story penned by Rowling that picks up 19 years after the events depicted in the Death Hallows.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will premiere at London’s Palace Theatre on July 30th, 2016. One day later, according to the BBC, Rowling will publish a hardback book containing the play’s full script. It’ll also be available in digital formats.
The story of the Cursed Child finds Potter “an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.” The plot synopsis continues, “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.”
Unlike the previous seven Harry Potter books, the Cursed Child is not being presented as a novel. Nonetheless, it’s officially billed as “the eighth story,” and will likely be required reading for anyone who grew up with the series in the 2000s. And one would have to think a Hollywood adaptation will follow at some point, hopefully with Daniel Radcliffe returning in the staring role.