Gallopin' gorgons! The recently-announced London stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child isn't, as previously rumored, a prequel. It is, as officially reported by author J.K. Rowling's Pottermore, "the eighth story in the Harry Potter series."


...okay, details:

"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."

At the end of September, it was revealed that The Cursed Child would be a two-part production. "It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories," said Tony- and Olivier-winning director John Tiffany, "so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts." The script, "in collaboration with J.K. Rowling," comes from Jack Thorne, who teamed with Tiffany on a stage adaptation of 2008's Swedish vampire arthouse movie Let the Right One In.

When news of the show hit in June, Rowling wrote, "I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story." 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will debut on London’s West End next summer. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, October 28 at 11am GMT, "on a first come first served basis to all who have registered for priority booking." Everyone else can snag tix on Friday, November 20 at 11am GMT.