‘Harry Potter’ West End play to focus on Harry’s youngest son

JK Rowling-penned Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will open in summer 2016

A new West End play that follows on from the Harry Potter books has been officially announced.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will open in summer 2016 at London’s Palace Theatre and is based on an original story by the series’ author JK Rowling, writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany.

The play will focus on Harry’s youngest son, Albus Severus, who was about to start his first year at Hogwarts in the epilogue to Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows.

A synopsis from the Pottermore website reads: “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 story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage,” Rowling says. “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.”

Priority tickets go on sale next Wednesday (28 October) at 11am and general sale from 11am on Friday (October 30).