Rowling: Harry Potter play is 'eighth story in series'

Rowling: Harry Potter play is 'eighth story in series'

The new Harry Potter play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", to open in the West End next year, will "start where the seventh book left off, and is the eighth story in the series”, according to the official J K Rowling Facebook page.

The final book in the novel series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury Children’s Books), ended with an epilogue set 19 years after the end of Harry’s battle with Voldemort, which showed Harry, now married to Ginny Weasley, as he waved his own children off to Hogwarts. The tagline on the new poster for the play is “The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later”.

A synopsis, posted today (23rd October) on Pottermore, says: "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."

Pottermore has also revealed the new artwork for the Harry Potter play,  featuring a child sitting in a giant nest, and said the cast, to be announced soon, will feature more than 30 actors.

Rowling announced the play in June, saying it “will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself”. The producer is Sonia Friedman.

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

The play will open for priority booking on the 28th October 2015, and public booking on 30th October. Registration for priority booking is open until 25th October.

The allocation of publishing rights to the play has yet to be confirmed to The Bookseller. In June, Rowling's agent Neil Blair said he did not want to comment on any publishing plans.