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.

– Pottermore

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a theatrical play with an entirely original story as a collaboration between J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The play is presented in two parts, though it is all one story. The two parts are intended to be watched in order, either on the same day or within two consecutive days. Cursed Child‘s tagline is “The eighth story. Nineteen years later,” and the story starts where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ended. It follows the next generation of Hogwarts students, starring Harry’s son, Albus Severus Potter.

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Script Publication

Since many Potter fans could not journey to see the play in London, Scholastic and Little, Brown announced that they would publish the play’s script worldwide in conjunction with the first official performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Editions

West End Final Edition

A “definitive collector’s edition” of the script was officially announced on April 12, 2017. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two: The Official Playscript of the Original West End Production was released on July 25, 2017, both on Kindle and in paperback. This Final Edition includes the final dialogue changes, a Deathly Hallows timeline, and a Potter family tree.

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West End Rehearsal Edition

The first edition of the play’s script was released on July 31, 2016 (Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s birthday), the day after the play officially opened on the West End. A digital edition was released on the same day on Pottermore.

The initial book was published as a “special rehearsal edition” since the writers anticipated changes to the script during the show’s preview run, which began June 7, 2016.

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Announcements


Worldwide Score Release

September 20, 2018 – After two years, the score of the play by Imogen Heap was finally released to fans worldwide.

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Original West End Cast Members on Broadway

August 2, 2017 – Seven members of the original West End cast were announced to return to their roles for the Broadway play.

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Second Principal West End Casting

March 30, 2017 – The new cast for the West End play was announced, along with rehearsal and debut details.

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Broadway Production

December 1, 2016 – Pottermore announced that the producers of Cursed Child were in final talks to bring the play to Broadway.

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Script Publication

February 10, 2016 – Scholastic and Little, Brown announced that a hardcover would be printed of the play’s script.

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Golden Trio Casting

December 20, 2015 – The actors for Harry, Ron, and Hermione were made public.

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Play Title Reveal

June 25, 2015 – The title of the play was revealed.

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Rowling Confirms Stage Play

December 20, 2013 – J.K. Rowling confirmed, via Facebook, that the Daily Mail‘s rumor of a Harry Potter play in the West End was true.

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