Harry Potter's story will continue in Cursed Child play in West End

Published Friday, Jun 26 2015, 15:41 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Harry Potter fans are freaking out.

Why? Because author JK Rowling has just announced that a brand new Harry Potter venture called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open in London's West End next year!

The story of everyone's favourite boy wizard will continue on stage, giving fans further information his early life and those of his parents James and Lily Potter.

Actors Emma Watson (L), Daniel Radcliffe (C) and Rupert Grint (R) attend a press conference for the movie 'Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone' in London on August 23, 2000. They are to play the main characters of Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in the film of the popular book by JK Rowling. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

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The new play will take place before Harry heads off to Hogwarts.

As fans of Harry Potter know, we were introduced to Harry at the age of 11 in the books so the only way we learned about his childhood and his parents' murder was through flashbacks or other characters remembering what happened.

JK Rowling tweeted:

"Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago! 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.

"It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. #CursedChild I don't want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. #CursedChild.

"However, I can say that it is not a prequel! #CursedChild.

"To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question - why isn't #CursedChild a new novel? - I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story. #CursedChild.

"I've had countless offers to extend Harry's story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team! #CursedChild. It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry's story. #CursedChild."

**Rushes out to check when tickets go on sale**

This will be the first continuation of Harry's story with fresh information since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was published in 2007.

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