Christina Pellegrini
April 23, 2016 11:46 am
Warner Brothers Pictures

It’s been five years since we’ve gotten a new Harry Potter movie, so when we heard there was a Harry Potter play in the works and J.K. Rowling was involved, we practically needed a Calming Charm.

The play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, was written by Jack Thorne based on a story written by Thorne, director John Tiffany, and Ms. Rowling herself. Audience previews are set to begin on June 7 in London.

Yesterday, the play’s Twitter account posted the following video, which shows a few clips of the actors practicing the play on April 18, 50 days away from the first preview. Rowling, Thorne, and Tiffany chat a little bit about the play and how audiences will receive it.

“It’s such an incredible theatrical experience that I’d love for us to be able to surprise people and move people in the natural way that a story should surprise and move people,” Rowling says in the video.

The plot is set 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with Harry, a harried father of three, working in the Ministry of Magic. Reports say that Harry and his youngest son, Albus, find some ominous connections with the family’s history.

We briefly met Albus, of course, in the epilogue for the final HP book, where he was headed off for his first year at Hogwarts and worried, just like his father had been, about the possibility of being sorted into Slytherin. We also know that Harry is descended from Ignotus Peverell, one of the three brothers who first discovered the Deathly Hallows. Could this ancient connection be a clue?

If a ticket to Heathrow sounds a little unfeasible right now, the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released as a book on July 31 (HP’s birthday, of course), just in time to be your beach read this summer.

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