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Author J.K. Rowling made the special announcement on the 18th anniversary of the first book's release

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June 26, 2015 08:20 AM

What magical Tweets for Harry Potter fans!

Author J.K. Rowling took to social media in the wee hours of Friday to announce a new stage play featuring the boy wizard will open in London’s West End in summer 2016.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child will tell the “untold part” of Potter’s story. Rowling stressed the play is “not a prequel.”

She also says the stage is the best way to tell this story – there is no Cursed Child book in the works. The play “is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself.”

She says she’s “confident” when ‘Potterheads’ see it they’ll understand her reasoning.

The news comes on the 18-year anniversary of Rowling’s debut novel and the first novel in the Potter series – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It also comes after confirmation on a Harry Potter Warner Bros. Pictures spin-off movie, which Rowling will write.

Earlier this June, it was announced that Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne will star in the trilogy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The first chapter is set to be released in theaters in November 2016.

Tickets for the play will be available starting fall 2015.

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