June 26, 2015


'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child': Original Stage Play Coming in 2016

Warner Bros./Newsmakers
Warner Bros./Newsmakers

In 2016, we're going to learn a little more about Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived (In a Cupboard for a Decade). "Potter author J.K. Rowling collaborated with English television writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany (a Tony winner for Broadway’s Once) on the project," Entertainment Weekly writes. "Thorne and Tiffany recently teamed up for Let the Right One In, the well-received stage adaptation of the 2008 Swedish horror film." So the cred is already strong.

The play is titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; the Daily Mail writes that it'll explore "what happened to Harry’s parents—Lily Evans Potter and James Potter—before they were killed by Lord Voldemort, forcing an infant Harry to be raised in miserable circumstances by his mother’s sister, Petunia, her horrid husband Vernon and their spoiled son Dudley." 

Anyone familiar with the Potterverse will know that means we might also catch Sirius Black, Severus Snape and Remus Lupin in the mix. Anyone unfamiliar with the Potterverse has either stopped reading by now or is shaking his or her head in disgust and/or confusion.

Here's what J.K. Rowling had to say about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child today, on the 18th anniversary of the first Potter novel's original U.K. publication: