When Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (a stage play set in the official Harry Potter canon) was announced the prevailing theory was that it was a prequel (or midquel) to the books. It turns out the speculators were wrong though, as it’s now been confirmed that the play will be set 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and feature an adult Harry.
The official synopsis was posted to Pottermore earlier today:
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.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is split into two parts, and should come to London’s West End in the summer of 2016.