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.

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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Score

The score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is quite a departure from the classical compositions of either the Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts movie series. Instead, the music used for this production is comprised of short, whimsical pieces that serve to transition between scenes as well as underscore action. Sometimes, actors perform mini dance breaks to these short interludes to show the passage of time and depict short scenes presented like montages. The score, composed by alternative rock artist Imogen Heap, is presented in four suites, each to accompany a different act of the play. It was nominated for multiple awards and won the 2018 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play.

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

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Tracklist:

1. Platform 9 ¾ [Suite One]

2. The Hogwarts Express [Suite One]

3. Welcome to Hogwarts [Suite One]

4. Wand Dance [Suite One]

5. Albus Severus Potter [Suite One]

6. The Blanket [Suite One]

7. Hut on the Rock [Suite One]

8. A Malfoy [Suite One]

9. Anything from the Trolley, Dears? [Suite One]

10. Ministry of Magic [Suite One]

11. St. Oswald’s [Suite One]

12. Wizarding World [Suite One]

13. Shadows and Spirits [Suite One]

14. Privet Drive [Suite Two]

15. McGonagall’s Office [Suite Two]

16. The Forbidden Forest [Suite Two]

17. Edge of the Forest [Suite Two]

18. Dragons! [Suite Two]

19. Dumbledore [Suite Two]

20. Staircase Ballet [Suite Two]

21. The Duel [Suite Two]

22. Invisibility Cloak [Suite Two]

23. Moaning Myrtle [Suite Two]

24. Scorpius Alone [Suite Two]

25. A World of Darkness [Suite Three]

26. Another Hogwarts [Suite Three]

27. Dementors [Suite Three]

28. Expecto Patronum [Suite Three]

29. In Trouble (Again) [Suite Three]

30. Slytherin Dormitory [Suite Three]

31. The Owlery [Suite Three]

32. A New Prophecy [Suite Three]

33. The Augurey [Suite Three]

34. Extraordinary General Meeting [Suite Four]

35. Godric’s Hollow [Suite Four]

36. Paint and Memory [Suite Four]

37. Something Written [Suite Four]

38. The FInal Battle [Suite Four]

39. The Arrival [Suite Four]

40. Lily and James [Suite Four]

41. Burning Bed [Suite Four]

42. A Nice Day [Suite Four]

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Composers

Imogen Heap


Imogen Heap is an English singer, songwriter, and producer born on December 9, 1977, in Havering, London, England. Her debut album, iMegaphone, was released on 1998 on the independent record label Alamo Sounds. After being dropped from this label, she started her own label, Megaphonic Records. On this label, she released the albums Speak For Yourself in 2005, Ellipse in 2009, and Sparks in 2014.

Between albums, Heap worked on other musical projects. She recorded several songs for the 1999 British film G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time. In 2001, English guitarist Jeff Beck featured her on his album entitled You Had It Coming. Along with Guy Sigsworth, she formed the electronic duo Frou Frou in 2002. Together they released one album entitled Details. They also recorded a version of the song “Holding Out for a Hero” in 2003 for the Shrek 2 soundtrack. She achieved commercial success with her song “Hide and Seek,” which was featured on the popular television show “The O.C.,” as well as sampled in Jason Derulo’s single “Watcha Say.”

 

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