New details have emerged of the upcoming two-part play Harry Potter & the Cursed Child.
The play, which has of course been split into two parts, will take place 19 years after the end of the last book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows. As the last chapter of that book took place 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, it is safe to assume that the play will take place in 2017, as opposed to another 19 years later than that.
This is not only due to the fact that the dates line up, but also because the titular ‘cursed child’ that will feature in the play is none other than Albus Severus Potter, Harry’s own son. In the final chapter of the Deathly Hallows, Albus Severus is embarking on his first journey upon the Hogwarts Express, meaning that he would be roughly the same age as Harry was in the first book. This is a clever tactic that will allow J.K. Rowling to follow the same formula that made her into history’s first ever billionaire author, while also including most of the characters that we have become familiar with ever since the series began.
As Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is in two parts, it is intended that the audience will see both parts either in one day, or over the span of two days. This allows the already excessively wealthy Rowling to double her profits while simultaneously inconveniencing her fans.