Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play written by play writer Jack Thorne based on an original story by Harry Potter's author J.K. Rowling.
The story begins nineteen years in the epilogue scene from the previous book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In this story, we see Harry struggling to connect with his middle son Albus, while also sustaining his job as the Head of Magical Law for the Ministry of Magic. After receiving some intel about an illegal Time-Turner, Harry retrieves this illegal magical item and hands it to the Minister of Magic, his friend, Hermione Granger, who is married to his best friend and brother-in-law, Ron Weasley. With regards to the story being published as a play instead of a novel, Rowling has said about the play that she “is confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it is the only proper medium for the story.”
Jamie Parker from The History Boys has been cast as Harry Potter, Noma Dumezweni playing Hermione Granger and Paul Thornley playing Ron Weasley. The casting of Noma gained controversy since the character of Hermione Granger has always been portrayed with white skin color. In this case, the role of Hermione is being played by an actress of dark color.
The play officially premiered on July 30, 2016, with the publication of the Special Rehearsal Script the day after. The book sales of the script were highly successful, selling more copies than the original Harry Potter books in under a day.
In 2017, a second edition of the book will be released, called the Definitive Edition, which will be the screenplay that is currently being used in performances at West End.