The Telegraph left me gazing at my screen for quite a while. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child… on stage, with the approval of J.K. Rowling? Yes, it is happening. Harry Potter is making its way to the theatre. Although not necessarily in the way we might expect it.
The eight part of Harry Potter continues nineteen years later, which is where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ends. Harry is now a father and works for the Ministry of Magic, yet he cannot seem to shake his past. His son Albus also plays an important part in the play as the child struggling with the fame of his father.
An interesting choice is that rather than creating a one-play story, the creators have decided to divide it into two parts. For commercial benefit? Most likely. After all, the fans are craving for any HP action and are most likely willing to pay twice, similar to the two-part screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
That doesn’t mean it’s going to be a bad play. No doubt Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be interesting, will reveal new parts about Harry’s life and bring us part 8 in a brilliant new package. What is interesting is why Rowling chooses to bring this part of Harry’s life to the audience, having been so unwilling to write a prequel or sequel. She stated: “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“. I’ll trust on her confidence for now and might just go on a trip to London for the play – oh sorry- plays.
The opening performances will take place in the upcoming summer at the Palace Theatre in London with the premier on July 30. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is written by English screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne. Tickets will go up for sale this Friday (30 October)!