It’s true, Harry Potter fans! The Hogwarts Express is back building up steam — only this time, you’re going to get to see it live onstage, because the upcoming London play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is indeed a sequel.
We all rejoiced earlier this summer when it was announced that the world of Hogwarts was headed for the stage, but details were scarce. What would the show be about? Was it a prequel? A sequel? Neither? Would Daniel Radcliffe be involved?
And while we still don’t know the answer to that last question (though our fingers and toes are crossed), we do finally know the answers to the first, because J.K. Rowling released an official synopsis on the Pottermore site today, and we couldn’t be more excited.
— Pottermore (@pottermore) October 22, 2015
According to the announcement, the play is indeed a sequel, picking up 19 years after the events of the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ended. Fans remember that both the book and the film included an epilogue in which, 19 years later, Harry Potter and wife Ginny Weasley drop their children off at the train station, introducing us to their children James Sirius and Albus Severus.
It is on the second, youngest child, Albus, that the play will focus. According to the Pottermore site, the play will follow both Harry (who is now an “overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic”) and Albus: “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.”
After Deathly Hallows was released, Rowling was adamant that Harry’s journey was over. But eight years later, it seems that while she isn’t (yet) planning any more books, the creative team behind Cursed Child was just too awesome to ignore.
“The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter onstage.” said Rowling. “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.”
Meanwhile, fans everywhere are rejoicing, and trying to figure out a way to get themselves to London for the plays — which will happen in two parts, due to the story’s “epic” nature — next year.
I really really really really really really really really really really really really really want to go to the Harry Potter play in the UK.
— Leanna (@leanna_garza) October 23, 2015
OMG YES I'M SO HAPPY AHHH THANKS GOD ANOTHER HARRY POTTER YEAHH QHHHHH #HarryPotterIsBack
— Gäįã 🌹 (@GayaSmiler) October 23, 2015
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opens on London’s West End in summer 2016.