If you, like millions around the world are absolutely entranced with the Harry Potterseries, and the phenomenal author JK Rowling, then you would know that Harry Potter and The Cursed Child became recently available July 30th (Harry Potter's birthday) around the world. Here's a few things you should know about the book before you read it, and there's no spoilers here!
1. It is a special-edition 2-part original new story written by Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling, and John Tiffany.
2. Is it a Sequel or Prequel?
It is a prequel that describes the life of our favorite characters - Harry & Gang - after the disappearance of Voldemort. We all knew that something was ominous about the ending:
3. It is an actual play, so here is the cast (with JK Rowling of course):
4. And as it is an actual play, you can purchase tickets to see it live at the Palace Theatre in London here!
5. However, as tickets sold out immediately, they go up on sale on August 12th so be prepared!
The #FridayForty is now sold out. The next release will be on Friday 12 August at 1pm BST.
— Harry Potter Play (@HPPlayLDN) August 5, 2016
6. If you're not sure which part of the play you really want to see, here's a diagram Pottermore so conveniently offered to help you watch watch the best parts for yourself!
Now, for a little about the book (WITHOUT SPOILERS)
7. The story is set nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
8. Harry works in the Ministry of Magic, just as we knew at the end of HP Book 7, but what you didn't know was that it follows Albus Severus Potter, Harry's second son.
9. Here's a preface about the play on the website as well:
"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.