Harry Potter is about to get a little Cursed.
The upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which J.K. Rowling announced in June, will follow an adult Harry and his youngest son, Albus, making it officially the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first to be told onstage. The play, running next summer at the Palace Theater in London, is in two parts due to the "epic nature of the story," Rowling said on her Pottermore site.
So now you know it really isn't a prequel: Harry Potter & the #CursedChild starts #19yearslater ! Go to @HPPlayLDN for more information. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 23, 2015
The play also debuted its official artwork, which features a child hunched inside a nest that appears to have black wings.
Sneak peek! See our brand new artwork for Harry Potter and the #CursedChild ! pic.twitter.com/wEaPOELgvF — Harry Potter Play (@HPPlayLDN) October 22, 2015
Fans may speculate that the boy in the image is Albus, but it was not made clear whether the youngest Potter is in fact the titular cursed child. Here's the official synopsis, via Pottermore:
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.
Rowling also revealed that Cursed Child will feature a company of over 30 actors, but casting will be announced at a later date.
Tickets for the play go on sale at 7 a.m. on Wed. Oct. 28 to those who have registered for priority booking, and 7 a.m. on Friday Oc. 30 for the general public (full ticketing information is available here ).