Even after “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling insisted a while back that the seventh installment in the “Harry Potter” saga — which became the hit films “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” Parts 1 and 2, released in 2010 and 2011 — would be the last in the series, a sequel is now finished and headed to the stage.
USA Today reports that the eighth installment in the book series, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” takes place 19 years after the events chronicled in “Deathly Hallows.” “Cursed Child” tracks an adult Harry Potter and his youngest son, Albus, and is set to be presented on the stage in London, at the Palace Theater.
The play will run next summer, and will be presented in two parts.
USA Today notes: “’19 years later’ is significant to ‘Potter’ fans. The epilogue to the final book, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ takes place 19 years after the events of the book, and sees Harry, along with his friends Ron and Hermione, dropping their children off at the Hogwarts Express.”
The official synopsis on the Pottermore website says: “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.”