Harry Pot­ter And The Cursed Child Fact File

How much do we know about the new Pot­ter play, set 19 years af­ter the Bat­tle of Hog­warts? Here’s a spoiler-free run­down...

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The play started as a story by Rowl­ing, Jack Thorne and John Tif­fany, and has been adapted for the stage by Thorne – fa­mil­iar to SFX readers as the man be­hind the won­der­ful TV show The Fades. He also adapted vam­pire drama Let The Right One In for the stage, so his “cool” cre­den­tials are high.

The of­fi­cial syn­op­sis reads: “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.”

The cast­ing con­tained one sur­prise: black ac­tress Noma Dumezweni as Hermione. Nat­u­rally, racists com­plained.

“With my ex­pe­ri­ence of so­cial me­dia, I thought that id­iots were go­ing to id­iot,” said Rowl­ing of the whingers. “But what can you say? That’s the way the world is. Noma was cho­sen be­cause she was the best ac­tress for the job.”

Cursed Child is split into two parts, so au­di­ences ei­ther have to watch them both on the same day or on two con­sec­u­tive evenings. mind you, this is a moot point, as it’s sold out for the next year at least; it broke records by sell­ing 175,000 tick­ets in 24 hours. thank­fully, you can also buy the script, //strap// re­leased on 31 July – the day af­ter the Palace theatre pre­views end and the show of­fi­cially be­gins.

Au­di­ences have been asked to “#Keep­TheSe­crets” by /R/ob­woldiny/g/, who calls any­one who spills spoil­ers “Worm­tails” af­ter the books’ dou­ble-cross­ing rat. We’ll re­spect her wishes, but will let slip that the play fea­tures im­pres­sive ef­fects and the first part ends on a whop­ping cliffhanger... Read our re­view on p116.

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