For you muggles who haven't been reading The Daily Prophet, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the wildly successful theatrical followup to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Based on a story written by Rowling, along with Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the play looks at our favorite wizard's, Harry Potter's, life 19 years after the destruction of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
The play opened in London's West End, basically the British Broadway, this past summer to rave reviews. In The Telegraph, theatre critic Dominic Cavendish opined, "It’s a triumph." Comments from Henry Hitchings in the London Evening Standard were similar: "For once the so-called theatrical event of the year really is just that. The long-awaited Harry Potter play ... is a feast for fans, packed with pathos, dazzling choreography and moments of pure enchantment." I bet even Rita Skeeter would be impressed.
At the 2017 Laurence Olivier Awards, the British Tonys, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child scored a record-breaking 11 nominations and went on to win 9! 9 freakin' awards! Seriously?
Now that's all well and good. But what about us American wannabe witches and wizards?! Where's our magical play?! Worry not my fellow fans because the magic is coming. Grab your calendars and your best quill.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will officially open at the Lyric Theater in New York City on April 22nd, 2018!
We don't know much else. Ticket will supposedly go on sale this fall, and the cast is not yet finalized. But who cares about the details right now?! Let's all just take a moment and celebrate the fact that Potter magic is still alive and well. Remember this tear-inducing speech from J.K. Rowling all those years ago?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child may not be Hogwarts per se, but honestly, we'll take anything to do with Harry Potter. It really will feel like being welcomed home.
So do we Harry. Always.