We still don't have much info to go on about the new "Harry Potter" play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," which was announced back in June. But according to author J.K. Rowling, the story is so "epic," that the play will now be split into two parts to accommodate the new story.

Rowling announced the news on Twitter on Thursday, directing fans to Pottermore for more details. As director "Cursed Child" director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne explained to the site, the move allows the creative team "the chance to delve deeper into the wizarding world."

"Obviously I loved it when we decided to tell this story in two parts, because I got to spend more time with the characters and what an honour that has been," Thorne told Pottermmore. "It continues to be unbelievable and amazing that I've been given this extraordinary chance to bring Harry Potter to the stage. As a fan, who just devoured the books and the films, this couldn't be more exciting for me."

As Thorne and Tiffany tell it, they're both excited and nervous about "The Cursed Child," because they want to do justice to Rowling's series. But according to the twosome, the play is a "unique" experience that should please "Potter" fans.

"I've never worked on anything quite like this before," Tiffany told Pottermore. "Usually in theatre you're adapting existing material or creating an entirely new play. With the 'Cursed Child' we have been given the unique opportunity to explore some of the most cherished books and beloved characters ever written, yet work with J.K. Rowling to tell a story from that world that no one yet knows – it's exhilarating.

"It shares a scale and ambition with all the 'Harry Potter' stories so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts."

Sounds pretty splendid to us. And though Thorne and Tiffany's announcement didn't really reveal anything new about the play's plot, we do know that it's not -- we repeat, NOT -- a prequel to the existing "Potter" stories, and will be considered canon along with the rest of the series.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will make its debut on the London stage sometime during the summer of 2016. No word yet on when the second part will premiere.

Check out Rowling's full Twitter announcement below. [via: J.K. Rowling, Pottermore]

Photo credit: HarryPotterThePlayLondon.com

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