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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child previews, asks fans to #KeepTheSecrets

The year of Harry Potter continues, or kicks off in earnest, depending on how hype you’ve allowed yourself to get about the Wizarding World of 2016. In case you’ve been living under a rock, this year saw the Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction expand to Universal Studios Hollywood, the release of new (and controversial) writing from J.K. Rowling to promote the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie this year, and in July we’ll get our wizard-loving hands on the book for the new in-canon play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is such a long installment in the Potter Saga that it has been split into two parts. Each part is around two and a half hours long and will be previewing across two days. Those previews started Tuesday June 7th on London’s West End, which means we’re officially living in a world with an eighth Harry Potter story.

The day before Part One debuted, J.K. Rowling took to YouTube to personally ask every person who saw the video (and will see the show) to “Keep the secrets” of the play so those paying for tickets and seeing the show will see it fresh, as Rowling intended.

All of this #KeepTheSecrets campaign could evaporate in a month when the book for the show is published. On July 31st, Harry Potter’s thirty-fifth birthday, you’ll be able to line-up at your favorite bookstore or sign on the bookselling website of your choice and buy a copy of the Cursed Child play. Surely, that has to be the end of the #KeepTheSecrets campaign, even if the play continues to run for years to come.

Until then, #KeepTheSecrets we must, although what ends up being a secret will continue to be dictated by the official accounts, who announced the first preview with a picture of Rose Granger-Weasley (Ron and Hermoine’s daughter, played by Cherelle Skeete) standing in Hogwarts, apparently waiting to be sorted.

Together with a Twitter user who tweeted the opening stage setup for Cursed Child Part One, we know of a grand total of two stages! TWO!

Otherwise, we’re still just going off the official description of the play and general fanatical reaction to there being new Harry Potter out there in the world. The synopsis doesn’t help narrow down what’s going to be happening:

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.

As far as learning plot points go, the tweets haven’t been much help either.

To be fair, the first preview of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 2 doesn’t take place until Thursday June 9th so the story is far from over. It wouldn’t be fair to judge the play before it tells the whole story, would it?

We’re going to find out. #KeepTheSecrets is a hashtag of honor, but like all Harry Potter content before it: leakers gonna leak. Specifically, it seems like the definition of “spoiler” expands to the program for the play in this case, with a few audience members taking to social media and warning everyone not to read the cast list, lest you spoil yourself for what Cursed Child is about. Of course, this reaction lead to the cast list appearing online almost immediately.

If you can’t be tempted like that and don’t want to do your own Googling, click here and don’t blame me, you did it to yourself.

Even if you plan to #KeepTheSecrets, I’ll say this: If the very light spoilers that are leaking through end up being the plot of the play, we’re all going to want to talk about it immediately once we learn what it is.

Seriously, I got halfway through compiling this post, then saw a tweet in Portuguese that blew my mind.

As a simple production of a play, the first preview of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Part One sounds like it went swimmingly…except for a loose owl. Yes, the play will be using real owls to deliver post, with all the excitement that comes with using real animals:

Hopefully, that owl learns to be a professional.

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