Potterheads, your dreams are coming true. An eighth Harry Potter story is officially being released. Titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new sequel in the series will occur 19 years after Harry defeated Lord Voldermort. However, unlike its predecessors, the Cursed Child will be presented as a two-part play to be performed on London's West End.
Today, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling released the official synopsis on Pottermore:
"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."
The last time we saw Harry in Deathly Hallows, the last book of the series, he was sending off his eldest children, James Sirius and Albus Severus, at Platform Nine and Three-Quarters. And now the new story, which was written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, in collaboration with J.K. Rowling, will explore Harry's life after that moment for the first time.
"It is very exciting to explore Harry’s world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre," Rowling says on her website. "Collaborating on this story is exhilarating for all of us and we can’t wait to present the eighth story at the Palace Theatre next summer."
Guess it's time to book a trip to London!