Tonight, J.K. Rowling's latest venture, the two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, premiered its run of preview performances at the Palace Theatre in London to a crowd of happy Potterheads. While much of the play's storyline has been kept tightly under wraps, we've slowly been learning more about the production.
Cursed Child picks right up where the epilogue left us in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 19 years later as the Potter, Weasley and Malfoy families send their children off on the Hogwarts Express to attend school.
Last week we got our first looks at the primary characters, including Harry, Ginny and Albus Potter, Ron, Rose and Hermione Weasley (née Granger), and finally Draco and Scorpius Malfoy.
Today, the official Harry Potter Play Twitter account revealed a new image of the set on opening night, featuring an updated Hogwarts as well as Rose Weasley standing in front of a group of her professors and peers.
From what we can tell, it looks like the Hogwarts crest banners been modernized a bit. Although, from a practical and speculative standpoint, it might be because Warner Bros. — who produced the seven Harry Potter films — has no involvement in the play.
What do you guys think of these new designs? I'm not really one for change — especially when it comes to something as integral to my childhood as Harry Potter — but I don't mind the minimalist new take. Plus, if it has Rowling's stamp of approval, then it's good enough for me.
Even though Cursed Child is officially open to the public, don't expect to see spoilers far and wide across the internet. The prolific author released the following statement in regards to potential leaks:
You’ve been amazing for years at keeping Harry Potter secrets, so you didn’t spoil the books for readers who came after you. So I’m asking you one more time to keep the secrets and let audiences enjoy Cursed Child with all the surprises that we’ve built into the story. Thank you.
As per Rowling's instructions, those involved are hoping that attendees will keep the plot details secret until they're available to a wider audience. And from what we can tell after just this initial peek, it will be well worth the wait.
The script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be available to the public starting July 31.