Rowling: Harry Potter Stage Play Is A Sequel To Novels

Harry_Potter_Cursed_Child_PlayBy Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Ever since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ended the novel and film series, some fans have been clamoring for what happens next. We’ve known that there was a stage play in the works called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the works, but most people expected it to be a prequel.

Now it’s finally been revealed that the play will actually be a sequel that takes place after the epilogue in Deathly Hallows, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. That final chapter reveals Ginny and Harry had three children, and were sending their youngest boy to Hogwarts, and the play will pick up from that point.

Here’s the 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.

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The play will be split into two parts, which can either be seen on the same day, or on consecutive days with tickets priced at £15 each or about $23 USD. That means both parts could be watched for £30 or $46 USD.

Production has only begun preliminary casting, and plans to start rehearsals in February or March, with previews set for June 7, 2016 at the West End’s Palace Theatre in London. The official opening night for both parts will be on July 30, 2016.

As for why this production will be theatrical instead of literary, writer JK Rowling said:

The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to represent 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.

Interestingly, while the first book was released in 1997, it was actually set in 1991, meaning the Battle of Hogwarts took place in 1998. That sets the date for the epilogue as September 1, 2017, which is just a year shy of when this stage play will premiere.

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