Though the Deathly Hallows was hailed as the perfect end for our boy Harry and his Wizarding ways the Pottermore online universe has kept J.K. Rowling’s world alive for its legions of fans.

When the books came to an end there seemed to be a general feeling that the story was done, that it was an earned and welcome ending, satisfying the millions who had followed Harry from the bottom of the stairs to the top of the world.

So then, the news that Rowling was to throw us back into the world of Potter was both unexpected and completely obvious. It was announced that a stage play was to be written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, based on an original story by the author.  It’s been revealed today that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an official sequel, dubbed ‘The Eighth Story’, centering on Harry’s son Albus Severus whose titular curse is the Potter legacy.

The man who wears nothing but Showbusiness trousers, Baz Bamigboye, tweeted this, which revealed the official nature of the play.

The official synopsis follows and the play open in July of next year at the Palace Theatre in London. Ticketing details of how to see both parts (yes, of course it’s two parts) can be found here.

Here’s the poster,

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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.