J.K Rowling originally announced the prequel play back in 2013 after receiving countless offers about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production. However it is only now that we can officially get excited for the spectacle that fans have been waiting for. On the 18th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Rowling announced that next summer, the Potter family will take to the stages of London and show fans an entirely new and never before seen story of our favourite wizard in "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child".

Early reports of the play being a prequel to the Harry Potter series were dispelled in a tweet from J.K Rowling, who explained, "I don't want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans." Nonetheless, the famous author sent the internet into spirals after tweeting that the upcoming piece will be "an untold part of Harry's story", which will be the result of serious collaboration and incomparable madness.

It will be  produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender's Playground Entertainment, and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions. The script was written by Jack Thorne, J.K Rowling, and Tony-winning director John Tiffany. As the creative dream team began working together, they had announced that, "featuring some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard".

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Whilst there was much debate as to why Rowling decided to work on a play, rather than another novel, Rowling assured concerned fans that once the audience watch the show, they will be blown away, and left agreeing that theatre was the "only proper medium" for this piece. The highly anticipated play is rumoured to offer further insight into the lives of Lily and James Potter, and their history with the Dursleys before their fatal encounter with - well, you know who.

Another expected character in the play is the wizard who was ultimately characterised by his long-lived affection for Lily, which will finally be addressed in this ground-breaking play. That's right - you can expect to see the renowned Severus Snape hitting the stages and reminding us all why, for some reason, we could never truly hate him.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will first open at London's West End Palace Theatre, next summer; however tickets have already been hitting the market hard this year.

Harry Potter fans better start saving up their galleons for a trip to London, England and explore the un-missable untold story of Harry Potters past. When the magical piece opens in 2016, it is understandably expected to spark the same Potter-mania as the release of the books and films- but that's not all. The stage show will also be followed by the Harry Potter film spin-off, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", set to be released in November 2016.

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