The Harry Potter series got me into reading. The adventures of Harry, Ron and Hermione were wonderous and exciting and I remember wishing my school was similar to Hogwarts. I also went to each preview screening for the films, as well as having pretty much every piece of Harry Potter merchandise imaginable. Yeah, I was quite a huge fan of the franchise.
So imagine my amazement and excitement when I discover that there's going to be a play based around a new Harry Potter story. And it's in London!
The play, titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was written by J.K.Rowling (Harry Potter series), Jack Thorne (This is England TV series, Skins) and John Tiffany (Once-West End Theatre Production). The synopsis, which can be seen on the official website, is as follows:
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 play is one story split into two parts, with a choice of seeing both parts on the same day, or on two consective days (a ticketing schedule is on the official site, detailing which days are showing both parts on the same day, and which days are showing just one part).
The plot sounds interesting and the layout is unique, although it needs more advertising (If I hadn't accidently found it on a random Facebook group, I wouldn't have known about it). However, we are still in October so, hopefully, advertising will start appearing round London after or around Christmas time.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is playing at the Palace Theatre in June 2016, with preview shows occuring in late May. Tickets can be booked from 28th October here. I will definitely be booking my ticket once they become available.