New artwork and plot details emerge for Harry Potter play

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Harry Potter fans, rejoice! After years of just theorising about the lives of the beloved characters, J.K Rowling is preparing to tell a brand new story in the new two- part play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

It was announced back in June that the play was under construction, with Rowling working alongside Jack Thorne to write a new story.  Staged in the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016, the production is set to be directed by Olivier and Tony Award winner, John Tiffany. It has also been revealed that the play will be presented in two parts, due to its epic nature. And now, a synopsis has been released via Pottermore.

According to the synopsis, the play will be a continuation of the original novels, beginning where the epilogue of Deathly Hallows left us – 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. The official synopsis is as follows:

“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.”

Speaking of the new play, Rowling said: “The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present 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.”

This, as well as the filming of a spin-off  – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Oscar winner, Eddie Redmayne – marks a new revival for the franchise.

Fans that have signed up for priority booking, can book tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from 28th October; with general tickets being released on the 30th.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can be seen as the Palace Theatre in London in the summer of 2016.

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