A production that is being advertised as the official “eighth story in the Harry Potter canon” is about to open on the London stage. The New York Times reports that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” begins previews June 7 and opens July 30.
The play is the latest in a series of Harry Potter events that have continued to emerge from author J. K. Rowling even after the seventh and final Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” In the intervening nine years, Rowling has stuck to her promise to end the book series, but the report notes that “she’s never been able to put Harry to rest, or to leave him alone.”
“Set 19 years after the events of ‘Deathly Hallows,’ the play imagines Harry as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic and focuses on his middle child, Albus Severus, and his struggle to come to terms with his family’s legacy,” The Times reports.
The report adds: “No one who remembers the frenzy surrounding the publication of each of the Potter books would be surprised to learn there is now a frenzy surrounding this play and all the details around it, like the disclosure that a black actress, Noma Dumezweni, is portraying Hermione.”