While Americans worked to make sense of last month’s election results, real-life magical being J.K. Rowling provided her readers, young and old, with wisdom and guidance, both through her beloved stories and her take-no-bulls**t tweets.
And now, just when many of us were wishing we could take a four-year nap, Rowling yet again shines a light, giving American “Harry Potter” lovers something big to look forward to: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is heading to Broadway.
Until now, the ability to see the eighth chapter of the “Harry Potter” series, which takes the form of a play, was only available to those in and around the U.K.’s West End. Yet Pottermore announced on Thursday that Harry, Hermione and the gang would be coming to New York’s Lyric Theatre in Spring 2018.
The show, written by Jack Thorne, picks up where the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left off. Most of the former Hogwarts students we know and love are now adults, sending their little witches and wizards in training off to school. The script is based off a story created by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany, who is the show’s director.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is slated to take over the cavernous Lyric theater space, which is currently home to the first-ever Cirque du Soleil Broadway show “Paramour.” The “Cursed Child” producers, however, are looking to completely remodel the theater’s interior, ensuring the space is intimate yet capable of accommodating a large audience, so that fans can afford reasonably priced tickets. (Take note, “Hamilton”!)
London’s hugely popular production of the “Cursed Child” will continue to run concurrently with the American iteration. As of now, casting for the Broadway show has not been determined. Actors of NYC, start practicing your British accents and wingardium leviosa moves now.
H/T New York Times