It’s been nearly eight years since the final Harry Potter book hit shelves, but the story is still as fresh in our minds today as it was then. Whether you can’t stop re-reading the books or you’re constantly checking Pottermore for some new HP stories, the epic tale of Harry and his gang of brave besties is one that’s going to stick with us for a long, long time. While there definitely isn’t going to be an eighth book (as much as we wish there could be), the story is continuing on in an entirely new way. Ladies and gentlemen, Harry Potter is about to become a play.
J.K. Rowling confirmed the news on Twitter this past Friday, writing, “I’m also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year.” The play will be an original, new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne (a BAFTA-winning writer) and John Tiffany. While a more detailed plot summary has yet to be revealed, Rowling does want to make one thing very clear: this is NOT a prequel. While responding to expectedly super excited fans, Rowling wrote, “It’s not a prequel. It really, really isn’t a prequel. Not a prequel. Not at all prequelly. It is an anti-prequel.”
The show is set to open in London’s West End at some point during the summer of 2016. According to the play’s website, tickets are set to go on sale this fall. Stateside fans, there’s no word yet as to when/if the play will be headed across the pond, but if the imminent success of anything HP-related is any indication of the show’s popularity, we’re guessing you won’t have to wait long. Until then, we recommend you grab tickets to the upcoming musical adaptations of The O.C. and Clueless to hold you over.
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