Remember when the Harry Potter story was supposed to end with The Deadly Hallows? Neither does Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, who’s shepherding the development of Pottermore, and online porthole for all things Potter, a new film trilogy that takes place in the Harry Potter universe based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the upcoming stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. On that subject there is a bit of news today as the production released the first artwork from the show, and while it doesn’t yield much in the way of plot, it is an intriguing piece of art that hints at a couple of recognizable Potter details.
So evidentially, The Cursed Child is cursed to live in a flying ball nest. Just kidding. On second glance though, one can’t help but think about the Golden Snitch, the key ball in the game of Quidditch. The image of the child in question is evocative of the treatment that both Harry and Voldemort received in their youth, tormented, if you will, by surrogate parents that made their lives miserable. However, Rowling has said that while the titular character is someone we have met before, it is neither Harry, nor Voldemort.
My guess, the “cursed child” is Severus Snape. He too had a tormented childhood, finding refuge in his friendship with Lilly, the Muggle-born witch who would go on to become Harry Potter’s mother. Harry’s father, James Potter, was also one of Snape’s Hogwarts bullies, and he was a star Quidditch player in the position of seeker, the player responsible for finding the Golden Snitch. Coincidence? Maybe.
UPDATE – October 23, 1:00 pm EST:
Deadline has discovered the plot of the theatrica production, and it turns out it’s not a trip into Potter’s past, but into his future…
The stage story will start 19 years after Harry and the gang left Hogwarts. He’s now an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While he 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. (Refresher: At the end of Deathly Hallows, Albus Severus asks his dad, “What if I am put in Slytherin?”) As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Is Albus Potter turning to the Dark
Side of the Force Arts? I guess we’ll find out next summer.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is being directed by John Tiffany from a script by Jack Thorne and an original story by Rowling and Tiffany. It was also music by Imogen Heap, even though it is not, in fact, a musical. Sonia Friedman and Colin Callendar are producing. Tickets for the show go on sale tomorrow, in case you’re interested in making the journey to London’s famed theater district to see it.
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