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Harry Potter fans are likely itching for something new from author JK Rowling and their wait might just be over. Rowling has announced that the 8th and newest Harry Potter story is coming and it’s Called Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildThe only thing is, it isn’t in book form (at least not yet) but a play.

The 8th story of the Harry Potter series also not a prequel but a sequel set 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.

An official synopsis of the story was also shared over at the Pottermore site earlier and it goes as such:

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.

Looks like Harry is undergoing some middle life problems in this story. After almost eight years since the release of the last book at four years since the last movie, it’s interesting to see how Rowling will tackle a more adult Harry in the new story.

Many readers fell in love with the books because Rowling managed to vividly bring Harry to life in her books. The struggles of this orphaned boy thrust into the life of hero of the wizarding world. So what comes after you’ve saved the wizarding world from one of its most heinous villains? A boring and overworked life in the civil service it seems.

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So what would an older, overworked Harry Potter be like?

It’ll be interesting to see how Rowling explores the theme of what comes next for a stories heroes because, as we all know, the adventure may be over, but life goes on.

The play’s story was written by Rowling herself in collaboration with Jack Thorne, who is also the playwright of the play and John Tiffany, who will be directing it. John Tiffany, by the way is also a Tony Award winner, which is basically the Oscars of stage plays.

For Potter fans, it’s an opportunity to once again revel in the world of Potter with a new story, albeit one where the hero is a lot older than they remembered and most likely has more in common with their dad. After all, in the play, Harry Potter is likely around 35 years old, whereas the average reader of Harry Potter will likely still be in their mid to early 20s.

Of course based on what has been released, there seems to be a new “hero” or main character we can focus on in the play, that of Harry’s middle child Albus Severus. Could he possibly be the titular Cursed Child?

Well we’ll be able to find out once the play opens. The play will be split into two parts and will be held at West End London at the Palace Theatre.

The world premiere is slated for 30 July 2016 and you can already book tickets via priority booking at the play’s website with tickets are starting at as low as  £10 (RM65) per part (making it £20 (RM130) for the whole show) up to £50 (RM325) per part.

You better be quick though as priority booking ends in a couple of hours. After that, you’ll have to fight with everyone else once general ticket sales opens on the 30th of October and we’re pretty sure it’ll run out fast.

Will there be a book version and maybe, just maybe, a movie adaptation of the stage play? For now there’s no plans but who knows what Miss Rowling has in store.