Find out the secrets behind the eighth Harry Potter story
The Harry Potter movies have been celebrated for years and continue to be a household favorite so it was no shock that the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been successful worldwide with six concurrent productions and playing in four continents. The latest chapter in the Harry Potter series was co-created and first premiered at London's Palace Theatre in July 2016 before storming the Broadway scene in 2018. Leaving critics impressed and fans bowled over, The Cursed Child recaptures the book's magic while crafting a totally unique world of its own and we have five interesting secrets that you may not know about.
1. Book author J.K. Rowling did not write the play.
Although she oversaw the production's script, the play was written by Jack Thorne.
2. It used to be shown in two parts.
The play was so long it had to be split into two parts. Both parts 1 and 2 are 2 hours and 35 minutes making the total runtime 5 hours and 10 minutes! The Broadway show has now combined the two so audience members can watch the play in one go
3. The script was released on a special date.
The script for The Cursed Child was released as a book on July 31, 2016. What is the importance of the date? It's JK Rowling's and Harry Potter's birthday!
4. The play is the sequel to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'.
The play begins with the closing bit of the final book when adult Ron, Hermione, Harry and Ginny send their children to Hogwarts
5. This one is a secret - Harry Potter's greatest fear gets revealed!
*Drumroll*...... Harry Potter's greatest fear is pigeons!
What's the story?
The producers of The Cursed Child want every Potter fan heading into the play to be surprised by its twists and turns, so we won't reveal too much. We can say that Harry, Ron and Hermoine are now all in their late 30s, married with kids and respectfully employed. Harry and Ginny's son Albus is just starting his first term at Hogwarts, yet his father's reputation hangs heavy around his neck, and he resents being only known as the son of The Boy Who Lived. Yet when sinister forces from Harry's past reemerge into the world, Albus must embrace the Potter legacy for the battles to come...