Good news for Harry Potter fans! Some exciting new details about the latest instalment of the saga have been released. BUT, don't worry – we won't give away any spoilers, just a few tidbits to get excited about! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be the eighth official book in the series, and is actually a script version of a stage play with the same name. The play hits London's West End on 30th July, one day before the new book is released in stores and online.
The story picks up from where we last left our favourite witches and wizards in the epilogue of The Deathly Hallows. Harry is working for the Ministry of Magic, where he grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, is at Hogwarts and struggles with a family legacy he never wanted. Intrigued? Us too! Without giving away any spoilers, here are some exciting details about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that will get you ready for a summer of magic!
1. We get to go back to Hogwarts!
Hurrah - look at those lovely house banners!
2. The Sorting Hat will also make an appearance
Will Albus Potter be in Gryffindor like his mum and dad?
3. Author JK Rowling wants you to #keepthesecrets
Don't be a Wormtail... #keepthesecrets!
4. There will be magic!
And lots of it, from the sounds of this Instagram post by Pottermore (Paul Thornley plays Ron Weasley).
5. ... But no live owls
Although live owls were used in the preview, they are no longer going to feature in the show.
"The production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently in its preview stage, with the process designed to allow the creative team time to rehearse changes or explore specific scenes further before the play's official opening," read a statement sent by a spokesperson to the BBC.
"As part of this process earlier this week the decision was made not to feature live owls in any aspect of the production moving forward." Probably for the best.
6. You'll want to watch or read with tissues at hand
@jk_rowling Will the Cursed Child make me cry?— James (@marauderjams) May 27, 2016
If it doesn't, we'll be checking your vital signs. https://t.co/jVSDf3xEbI— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 27, 2016
7. The play could be coming to a theatre near you soon!
Can't WAIT for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Get into the magical spirit with Harry Potter costumes from George by Asda.