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With one of the most successful book series AND movie franchises under her belt, JK Rowling has it set. She’s left her mark, she’s part of our cultural history, her legacy is intact. But damn it if she isn’t done with it all. Next year will see the unveiling of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play in two parts set to premiere next summer in the West End in London.

That isn’t exactly new news… but this is: Rowling has revealed a synopsis of this new story, set nineteen years after Deathly Hallows (the story proper, not the epilogue). On Twitter she stated this will officially be the eighth story in the series, and a link to the production’s website outlined the plot.

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.

While still somewhat vague on actual plot there’s plenty to dig into here. Not only is Rowling continuing where the last story left off, but she is completely shattering the wholesome, saccharine happy ending epilogue of Deathly Hallows.

Harry has his dream job, but it might be tearing him apart. His son Albus is forced to live in his shadow, likely similar to his siblings. But what exactly is it from the past that is seemingly coming back? Voldemort? Death Eaters? I certainly hope not. This is a chance to get super personal with these characters in a way that the book/film series never dared try. Rowling knows that large audience she got from the series’ initial run are now mostly grown up, and perhaps it’s time to tackle some darker material.

To this end, I’m curious as to how Ron and Hermione fit into this story. Of course they’ll be included, but in what capacity. And most intriguingly, will Rowling act upon her oft-lamented decision to pair Ron with Hermione? Maybe their marriage is in shambles? Maybe Ron is still jealous of being the under-achiever? Hell, maybe Hermione has a drinking problem. I’m just spit-balling here.

But we know there is some sort of personal darkness at play here. I hope this means more interpersonal character stuff instead of another external villain.

Via Business Insider

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