J.K. Rowling cryptically announced a few months ago that there would be a new play that's part of the Harry Potter series, and for once in her life she wasn't trolling. She also tweeted that when audiences see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, "they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story." Everyone was like, "Okay, J.K., whatever you say, not going to bite." And now, today, there's finally some actual information about the storyline.
According to Pottermore, the play is "the official eighth Potter story," and it will take place 19 years after the events in the last book. Here's the 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.
Can wizards have it all?
Here's the play's artwork, which seems to show little Albus sitting inside a golden snitch that's also a nest. It's probably a powerful metaphor.
Rowling clarified on Twitter that the play is extremely, completely not a prequel, as some people had speculated.
Also, in a really crazy twist, the play will be shown in two installments so you have to sit through two shows in a row or go on consecutive nights. Which is another solid power move by J.K. Rowling.