April 18, 2016
'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Wand Designs Unveiled

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling just unveiled the wand designs for The Cursed Child, the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first one to make it onto a stage.

J.K. Rowling's Twitter post includes hand-drawn wands for favorite characters including Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, Ron and Ginny Weasley, and Draco Malfoy.

The Cursed Child play is described as "epic in nature" and will be two parts and include 42 cast members. Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni, and Paul Thornley have been cast as Harry, Hermione, and Ron. The eighth Harry Potter story will premiere live in London's West End at the Palace Theatre.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the end of the original series. Harry is now married, with three children, to Ginny Weasley, and is employed with the Ministry of Magic. The official Harry Potter and The Cursed Child synopsis can be found on Pottermore, J.K. Rowling's digital publishing platform.
"It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

"While Harry 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. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places."

J.K. Rowling, English playwright Jack Thorne, and Tony winning award director John Tiffany expressed their excitement over The Cursed Child story.
"It is very exciting to explore Harry's world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre. Collaborating on this story is exhilarating for all of us and we can't wait to present the eighth story at the Palace Theatre next summer."
"The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to present Harry Potter on stage," added J.K. Rowling. "I'm confident that when audiences see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way."
According to Time, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will debut in London and will also be available by eBook on Pottermore, as well as a hardcover book. The Cursed Child play will make it's premiere on July 30, 2016 and the book will be available on Harry Potter's birthday, July 31, 2016.

Besides The Cursed Child, there is also a movie in the works within Harry Potter's magical world. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to be released in theaters November 18, 2016. The movie is set in the 1920s, about 70 years before the original Harry Potter series. The Inquisitr recently reported on J.K. Rowling confirming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be a trilogy.

Harry Potter fans certainly have much magic and mischief to look forward to with the upcoming movies, books, and now even a live play. If you happen to be in London on July 30, make sure to get your tickets for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. The very first live Harry Potter play promises to be epic.

[Image via Harry Potter and the Cursed Child/West End Production]