Back in June, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling announced she is putting together a new London stage play entitled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The author revealed last month that the play has now been split into two parts, "due to the epic nature of the story we've been working on," and that it is "designed to be seen either on a single day or on consecutive evenings." The play is set to debut at the Palace Theater in London's West End next summer. Earlier today, Pottermore unveiled the first artwork.
This new story was written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. While the author wouldn't offer specific details in the original announcement, she did confirm that it's not a prequel, although she did call it an, "untold part of Harry's story." It isn't known quite yet if this "cursed child" is related to Harry Potter in some way, but hopefully we'll find out new details soon.
Shortly after the play was announced, The Daily Mail reported that the play follows Harry Potter's parents, Lily Evans Potter and James Potter, before they were killed by Lord Voldemort. However, since the author explicitly stated this story is not a Harry Potter prequel, those details may not be accurate. J.K. Rowling did not write the play herself, but she will co-produce the stage play with theater veterans Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender.
No details have been given for any of the characters in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and it isn't known when casting may begin. There is still quite some time before the play is set to debut, so we may not hear about casting for several months. It also hasn't been confirmed whether or not Harry Potter will actually be a part of this play, which could be a possibility since J.K. Rowling confirmed that the story is not a prequel.
While we wait for more details to come in, check out the poster, along with an animated version of the one-sheet below. Fans who want more information on the play can visit HarryPotterThePlayLondon.com. Do you plan on seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London when it debuts this summer? Or will you just wait for the possibly-inevitable movie adaptation?