A brand new, official Harry Potter story is about to hit the West End and we’re excited about the Cursed Child for so many reasons. Set 19 years after the Deathly Hallows, it tells of overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, Harry, as a husband and father of three school-age children. Here’s why we’re looking forward to it:

We don’t want the Harry Potter journey to ever end…

…and obviously JK Rowling doesn’t either, because she keeps on writing more stories. Just when we thought we’d have to wait for a whole year to see something new from Rowling (the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, is out November 2016), the Cursed Child was announced.

We want to see what Harry and his wife and kids are like.

What will have become of Harry and his family all these years later? We know a little from the play’s synopsis, which states: ‘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.’ We also know he will be a middle aged man who has mastered wizardry and is working as a highly trained Auror (or Dark Wizard Catcher) for the Ministry of Magic. It will be fascinating to see the psychology of a grown-up Harry and the part that his son Albus will play. Could he begrudgingly be the start of a new Potter wizarding dynasty?

We’re guaranteed a dose of darkness and jeopardy

Where JK Rowling is involved we are sure to get plenty of shadowy drama. In fact the up close and intense nature of theatre will intensify the tension. There have already been hints as to the epic nature of the story and the fact that ‘darkness comes from unexpected places’. We just can’t wait to see from where.

We want to see how it works on stage

We love the theatre and we love Harry Potter – how can it not work?! In fact, the Palace Theatre in London’s West End seems like it was made for the Cursed Child. The gothic theatre has a Hogwarts feel to it, plus it is on the corner of Charing Cross Road – the street where you can find The Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter stories. Rowling has also insisted theatre-goers would understand why it was being turned into a play when they see it. We think that the narrative of the story will shine through on stage and with such a great writing and directing team it’s sure to do the Harry Potter saga justice. The original story was by Rowling, the script by BAFTA winning Jack Thorne and direction by John Tiffany, who has worked on globally celebrated productions, so it’s sure to be a fantastic production.

It’s a great way to spend a day or two

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. We couldn’t think of a better way to spend a weekend. Or, if you can, it’s definitely worth taking a Wednesday off work to see them both in one go to get the full effect. Having to wait overnight could be too much suspense to take. Tickets range from £10-£130 per viewing so there are options for everyone’s budget.

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