J.K. Rowling announced new details about her upcoming play titled, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” both shocking and delighting fans.

Following the reveal of the play’s artwork (shown below), it was announced that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will start where the seventh book left off, and is the eighth story in the series. This also marks the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.


According to HarryPotterthePlay.com, the show’s website, the synopsis is:

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.

In an interview with NME, Daniel Radcliffe (the original Harry Potter) talks about the play and his plans on seeing it:

What’s it like knowing someone else is going to play Harry? “It’s weird,” he says. “But I’m happy for it to go on without me. I’ve no ownership of it.” Would he go and see it? “Now that I know [Harry’s in it] I actually really want to see it. It would be a mental thing to try and see it with lots of very excited Harry Potter fans. But I kind of would like to know what happens now.”

The world premiere will be in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre on July 7, 2016, with previews starting May 3.