The play’s official synopsis released in October 2015,
“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.”
Last month it was announced that both parts of the stage play’s script would be released in print and digital formats as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II. It will receive a first edition, entitled “Special Rehearsal Edition”, corresponding to the preview shows and will be published on July 31, 2016 both Harry and J.K. Rowling’s birthday.
Despite a flood of request from her fans, J.K. Rowling has made it clear she at present is not interested in turning the play into a movie. She has advertised however, that Fantastic Beast set to open in November 2016, will be a trilogy.
The Cursed Child is officially the eighth book in the Harry Potter canon and will be released in two versions: a Special Rehearsal Edition using the script performed in the play’s previews, before being replaced later by a Definitive Collector’s Edition.
This will be the first tale in the Harry Potter series not to be actually written by J.K. Rowling. The two-part play was actually written by Jack Thorne, although it was based on an original idea by Rowling, Thorne and the stage play’s director John Tiffany.
The leads of our original three Hogwarts alum have already been chosen. Olivier Award-winning actress Noma Dumezweni has been chosen as Hermione alongside, The History Boys’ Jamie Parker as Harry Potter and and Les Miserables actor Paul Thornley as Ron.
The play will receive its world premiere at London’s Palace Theatre on July 31, 2016
Seven child actors will alternate across the leading roles to play the younger counterparts for those adult roles already announced.
The cast is a mix of seasoned and amateur actors.