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.
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.”
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:
OMGFOMGOMOGMOIFDNG HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD IS STORY #8 IN THE SEIRES DHGNJKFIOHDGNLKSA I AM DEAD— Hissstine (@hydrophobic) October 23, 2015
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD?!!!!! HARRY POTTER 8?! Harry Potter 8!!!!???! Harry Potter 8???! AHRRY POTTER 8 HARRY POTTER 8— matty ◟̽◞̽ (@MTTXW) October 23, 2015
"CURSED CHILD" IS A SEQUEL. IT' THE EIGHT HARRY POTTER STORY OMG I CAN'T BREATH TOO MUCH HAPPINESS CALM DOWN YOU'RE IN A LIBRARY ERJEN— erjen (@erjenpls) October 23, 2015
Seriously guys! We're going to see happy Harry Potter, living his dreams as an Auror and not worrying about Voldemort returning! I'm crying!— SciFiNow (@SciFiNow) October 23, 2015
Even Luna Lovegood herself, Evanna Lynch, tweeted her excitement:
The Cursed Child is a SEQUEL?!!!! *wipes out the last few blurry, empty years and resumes hardcore Pottering* ❤️⚡️— Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) October 23, 2015
Now, find out what Daniel Radcliffe told ET about whether he will reprise his Harry Potter role anytime soon: