It seemed like so far in the future, but it’s almost time for more Harry Potter. The Palace Theatre has been transformed in preparation for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
— Harry Potter Play (@HPPlayLDN) April 29, 2016
The front of house display features the words: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts one and two in that familiar font with a statue above it showing a child – perhaps cursed – sitting in a winged nest. Based on the official synopsis, we can make an educated guess that the child is Harry Potter’s son Albus Severus Potter – who is apparently struggling with the “weight of a family legacy”. Poor Albus!
“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.”
While it’s probably safe to speculate that the child in the nest is Albus, we don’t actually know much about the play, although information is beginning to trickle out. Last week we were treated to a behind the scenes video that didn’t really tell us anything but certainly served to increase the hype.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne is based on an original, new story devised by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and director John Tiffany. Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni and Paul Thornley will star as the golden trio all grown up: Harry, Hermione and Ron. It officially opens at the Palace Theatre London in July 2016, with preview performances from 7 June 2016.
Author: Undie Girl
Undie Girl (aka Von) has a BA (Hons) Major in Cultural Studies. The title of her honours thesis was “It’s just gay and porn”: Power, Identity and the Fangirl’s Gaze. She’s currently pursuing a Masters of Media Practice at University of Sydney. Von’s a former contributor The Backlot’s column The Shipping News and a current co-host of The Geekiary’s monthly webcast FEELINGS… with The Geekiary.
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