The boy who lived (again)

Harry Potter to play ‘Slytherin’ next fall

Lara Pavlick

After 19 years, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is set to return in a play next fall at the Palace Theater in London’s West End.

Yes, it’s true. Harry Potter has returned, and in a whole new medium. Long have fans awaited this joyous news, patiently badgering Rowling for the creation of a sequel. Many have voiced their excitement on the event taking place.

“I am very excited about it,” Senior Louis Dubovi said.

On Twitter, Rowling broke the silence after a fan asked her for her input. Once the news was confirmed, she has given more detail about the production.

“It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself,” Rowling said on Twitter.

According to the official Harry Potter information website, Pottermore, the play is called “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” It will officially open in July 2016 with some preview performances in late May 2016. The synopsis on the home page reads:

“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.”

This is the eighth portion of the beloved series as well as the first official Harry Potter play to be produced. It’s one play shown in two parts, intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening performances) or two consecutive evenings. Listed on the “Your Questions Answered” page of the information website, the recommended age limit for the show is 10 and up. The run times are yet to be determined, but because of the two-part nature, the website will post and email a list of local tourist stops to audience members so the wait time is not as draining.

Rowling also mentioned specifically that this story was “not a prequel” to the series, but said nothing more so she would not spoil the surprise for diehard fans. Instead, this is a continuation of where the story left off, when Harry has entered his older stages of life as a father to his three children. It will start 19 years later, to fill in the time between the book series and play.

There are several unanswered questions just waiting to be addressed. Did Hermione’s parents ever remember her again after the “Obliviate” spell? Did Hogwarts change with the times and now use high-tech quills with virtual ink? Are there cell phones or do they still use owls? Fans have their fingers crossed that at least some of their questions are answered with this new installment in the series.

“I want to know if Ginny’s pygmy puff is still alive. And what happened to Moaning Myrtle? Is she still there?” Sophomore Paige Velemirovich said.

“I want to see Fred’s funeral or know what happened at his funeral, and how Percy reacted. I also want to know about Snape’s family and what’s been going on since his death. And where did the Dursleys end up? Oh! And what happened to Voldemort’s mother after she left him at the orphanage?” Sophomore Jacklyn Hartle said.

Although the casting has yet to be announced, 30 actors and actresses will perform in the play. According to Daily Mail, the tickets will be sold for £10 ($15.24) for a preview for one person, and £30 ($45.73) for both parts of the play after Aug. 3, 2016. There will also be a ticket lottery that will give away low-price tickets at the event. For those who want to travel into London to witness what is sure to be a historic literary event, tickets are on sale now and can be booked on www.harrypottertheplay.com.