Muggles the world over were excited to learn that a stage play about Harry Potter will soon become a reality. But what exactly will this theatrical experience entail? Here’s everything we know about the play so far.
What is the play called?
The project’s title uses the tried and true formula of all of the novels: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
What’s it about?
J.K. Rowling was reticent about sharing too many details in her Twitter announcement. She described the play as a “new story,” and previous reports have speculated that it might be about Harry’s early years or the adventures of his parents, Lily and James. Rowling, however, says the play is “not a prequel.” She said she will keep tight-lipped about further details for now.
Why a play instead of another novel?
Rowling says she is “confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story.”
Did she write the script herself?
She says it is “the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself.” It seems that Rowling and Thorne worked together on the story, and Thorne wrote the actual script.
Is it a musical?
It doesn’t seem to be a musical based on reports so far; however, there will be music of some kind, courtesy of Imogen Heap.
Where will it run?
The show will be performed in London at the Palace Theatre.
When does it open?
When can I buy tickets??
Sometime this fall—more details will be found on the show’s website in late July.