ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

For Harry Potter fans everywhere, this year has been a beautiful time to be alive. As we enter the Dawn of the Age of Hufflepuff, we've also been keeping up with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them news, and we got wind of a Harry Potter play titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. What a time to be alive.

Cursed Child, which is not a prequel — I repeat, not a prequel — is getting ready for release. Just a couple of weeks ago the official HarryPotterPlay Twitter alerted die-hard fans of the option to book Cursed Child early.

Today, the same account released the first official artwork for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, making the imaginations its followers run wild with the possibilities.

Check out our first peek at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child below:

From what I can tell, the "cursed child" appears to be sitting in the nest of a Golden Snitch (or its predecessor the Golden Snidge)? Perhaps it will use the Snitch's flesh memory to tie us into this character's story.

Even more excitingly, according to J.K. Rowling on Pottermore, the story will actually be a sequel to the original stories! It won't be about Harry alone, but Rowling is keeping a close eye on the Potter household. So who is this "Cursed Child" we've heard so much about? Harry and Ginny's youngest son, Albus Severus.

Here's 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.

Given Daniel Radcliffe's experience with the theater, I wonder if he'd be willing to take on a role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The play, conceptualized and co-produced by J.K. Rowling, written Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, and scored by Imogen Heap, will bring us an entirely original story within the realm of Harry Potter. It will even be split into two parts due to its "epic nature."

And of course, the poster received a public stamp of approval from J.K. Rowling.

Considering we know little about the storyline of the play, it's hard not to go overboard thinking of the possibilities. But no matter what, I'm just glad that we'll be able to see the magic of Harry Potter finally come to the stage.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released in 2016.

(Source: Twitter, Pottermore)


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