Official: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ London stage play announced

J.K. Rowling and co. finally revealed details about the long-awaited Harry Potter play, first announced in late 2013.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will premiere next summer in London at the Palace Theatre. According to J.K. Rowling, it is not a prequel, but will follow Lily Evans Potter and James Potter prior to their murder by Lord Voldemort. J.K. Rowling worked closely on the production with director John Tiffany and scriptwriter Jack Throne. The play will be produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

The Daily Mail reports tickets will go on sale this fall, with huge pre-sales expected. Details about ticketing will be revealed later next month, in July.

First reported by the Mail, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling confirmed the news this morning on Twitter. In long form, she said:

I’m very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be opening in London next year. It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. I don’t want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. However, I can say that it is not a prequel. To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question – why isn’t #CursedChild a new novel? – I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story. I’ve had countless offfers to extend Harry’s story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team! It has been a huge please to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry’s story.

Judging by the Daily Mail’s reporting, it appears that the stage production will follow the Marauders in addition to Lily and James, with the couple at the focus. For fans who have sought a Marauders-based story for years, this might be your answer.

The Cursed Child delves into what happened to Harry’s parents — Lily Evans Potter and James Potter — before they were killed by Lord Voldemort, forcing an infant Harry to be raised in miserable circumstances by his mother’s sister, Petunia, her horrid husband Vernon and their spoiled son Dudley.

Snape helped Lily refine her magical powers, and through the course of the seven Harry Potter novels it became clear he carried a torch for her. But though she cared for him, she did not love him. Instead, she fell for James Potter — a student she had once loathed for his cockiness.

The play may also look at the complicated relationship between siblings Lily and Petunia. A muggle like the rest of her family, Petunia was always put out by her sister’s magical prowess.

There is also dramatic fodder in the friendship between Lily and Severus Snape during their schooldays at Hogwarts (both were members of the Order Of The Phoenix).

Another of their friends — Remus Lupin — may also figure in the story.

Fans can register for further ticket information at http://www.harrypottertheplaylondon.com/, the official website for the play.

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J.K. Rowling and agent talk Harry Potter play, set to open in 2016

jkrtwitterJ.K. Rowling recorded an interview with Kathmandu radio station on Friday on her trip to the Napal capital, in which she spoke about future Harry Potter plans.

To listen to the interview, click here. Rowling discussed, specifically, the stage play about Harry Potter’s pre-Hogwarts days.

Harry Potter fan site SnitchSeeker provided the transcripts of the excerpts from the interview, below, in which she discusses the upcoming Potter attractions, including the stage play announced in 2013.

BFBS Radio: We will be seeing more of Harry Potter?
JK Rowling:
Not of Harry Potter exactly. I mean, I have no plans to write more Harry Potter books, though it’s constantly being rumored that I have. I’m afraid those rumors are, at the moment, false. But there are other things happening. For example, I’m currently working on a film script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them – which is very much part of Harry’s world, which is a lot of fun. I’m really enjoying doing that. And there will be a Harry Potter play. So yes, there’s certainly more for fans to look forward to.

BFBS Radio: Have you thought about the name at this stage or not?
JK Rowling:
No, I haven’t. No.

BFBS Radio: So it could be anything?
JK Rowling:
Not quite anything. There are a couple of names are being mooted but I’m not allowed to say what they are.

Relatedly, SnitchSeeker revealed that J.K. Rowling’s agent, Neil Blair, spoke exclusively to the site at the launch for the Hogwarts Express expansion at the Studio Tour, saying that the play will open sometime to the public in summer 2016.

Read the initial announcement for the Harry Potter play here

Harry Potter coming to the stage

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J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling will be co-producing a new London stage play based on the Harry Potter stories.

The Harry Potter author will be collaborating with the award-winning theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender on the production, which will focus on the Harry’s early years living in the cupboard under the stairs. However, she will not write the script.

According to Rowling’s website, it will feature “some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books,” and offer “unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard.  A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom Destiny has plans…”

In a statement, J.K. Rowling said:

 “Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage.  After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase.  I’d like to thank Warner Bros. for their continuing support in this project.”

Writers and directors are now being considered for the production, which will move into more development in 2014.

Pottermore News will keep you updated with the latest over the coming months.

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