An official synopsis and artwork for "Cursed Child" were revealed this week, with a tagline that's sure to make Potterheads salivate: "The eighth story. Nineteen years later."
Yes, that means that the play will pick up from the last moment we saw Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the series, in the epilogue to "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," sending their kids off to Hogwarts from Platform 9 3/4. The focus will then shift to new Hogwarts recruit Albus Severus Potter. Here's the full synopsis:
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.
We can't imagine that Harry thinks life as a working dad is worse than having to destroy Voldemort's horcruxes (and sorta-kinda die himself), but what do we know? That's why the play will be told in two parts: As the creative team behind the project explained earlier, "the epic nature of the story" demands lots of room to examine that duality -- and now we know that we also need to spend plenty of time getting to know Albus Severus better, too.
The new artwork for "Cursed Child" gives us our first glimpse of the youngest Potter boy as he'll be seen in the play, and the imagery -- of little Albus sitting inside a nest that's shaped like a Snitch -- suggests that he'll have a hard time breaking out from his father's shadow. Check out a cool moving image (like those spied in The Daily Prophet) of the artwork below.
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" debuts on the London stage in summer 2016. Tickets go on sale next week.
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