J.K. Rowling Revealed the 'Harry Potter' Play Is a Sequel About Harry's Son and Everyone Is Freaking Out

by John Boone 2:26 PM PDT, October 23, 2015
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Potterheads, this is not a drill: We’re getting a new Harry Potter sequel!

Except it’s not a book. It’s a play. J.K. Rowling revealed on Thursday that the previously announced Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Curse Child, is not a prequel, as had been rumored, but a continuation of the story 19 years later.

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The show, dubbed “the official eighth Potter story,” is split into two parts -- due to the “epic nature of the story” -- and is based on an original story by Rowling. Tony winner John Tiffany will direct the play when it debuts on London’s West End next summer. (Everyone else in the world: Better start saving up for that plane ticket!)

Here’s the official synopsis for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child:

“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.”

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The last time we saw Albus was in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, when Harry (played by Daniel Radcliffe) was sending him off to his first day at Hogwarts.

It’s safe to say that fans are freaking out over the news:

Even Luna Lovegood herself, Evanna Lynch, tweeted her excitement:

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