On June 7, preview shows of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child began attracting eager crowds in London, prompting wizarding excitement of dizzying heights in the British capital ahead of the official play kick-off on July 30.
Yet, as the greatly-anticipated date looms just around the corner, why not familiarize yourself with everything there is to know about the next addition to the magical universe:
1. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child is not a prequel
J.K. Rowling has insisted this very fact right from the start of production, having since confirmed that the plot will take place 19 years after the events of the final moments in the Deathly Hallows.
2. The script for the play will be hitting bookstores on July 31, 2016
Yep, right in time for Harry Potter's birthday!
3. There will be a connection to Fantastic Feasts and Where To Find Them
J.K. Rowling has herself previously admitted:
"It’s been amazing because there are roots over there and shoots over here, so it is keeping it very consistent and doing it all at the same time. We are sharing a lot between the worlds."
Here's the trailer for the movie, which hits theaters November 18, 2016:
4. J.K. has slammed the intense criticism over Noma Dumezweni's casting as Hermione
Not only has she called out those who have questioned the casting decision as a "bunch of racists" and "idiots," but Rowling has also said:
5. Don't worry, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child will probably go on a tour around the world in due course
At least, J.K. is hopeful:
6. Paul Thornley as Ron will be just as funny as he is in the books/movies
Of the Weasley funny-man in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Rowling has said:
"Ron in his forties isn't very different from Ron in his teens, except that his feet hurt a bit more. Paul's so funny and brilliant in the role."
7. The play is bound to make you cry
When asked if the performance will induce tears from those in the theater, the authoress replied:
In May, J.K. also revealed that audience members are likely to feel overwhelmed at some point, saying:
"We were in the theater last night and I saw a scene that’s very close to my heart, in costume, on the set. And it was quite overwhelming.”
8. Harry Potter will be played by actor Jamie Parker
He is well-known for acting in the original production of broadway hit The History Boys, alongside many other successful projects on stage. Speaking of the casting, J.K. has repeatedly expressed her admiration, revealing:
“He simply is Harry now. There's a kind of relief in watching him, he gets it so right.”
Just as well, as much of the storyline revolves around his work as an Auror for the Ministry of Magic. Here's an official synopsis:
“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.”
9. The set design suggests that a lot of the action may be taking place at Hogwarts
For example, hand-carves sconces have been revealed, prompting audiences to assume that much of the plot will be returning to the wizarding school.
Then there was this image of actors rehearsing in their Hogwarts cloaks, backing up the above claim once again:
10. There will be no Harry Potter and The Cursed Child movie
So don't get your hopes up! Earlier this year, Rowling revealed the following:
11. J.K. Rowling is begging us to 'keep the secrets'
As the previews begin, J.K. has been pleading with those lucky fans who are about to see the play to abide by one simple rule: Please don't ruin the plot for others.
Addressing the fans on YouTube as part of a series of behind-the-scenes videos, the authoress said the following:
"You've been amazing for years at keeping Harry Potter secrets so you didn't spoil the books for readers who came after you."
Here's the short clip in full: