Fictional character deaths can be very painful and some authors, like George R.R. Martin for instance, seem to take joy in twisting the screws. J.K. Rowling killed many beloved characters in her Harry Potter book series but just when you thought it was over she decided to continue the story with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Does that mean we can expect more deaths? We can certainly expect tears, according to Rowling.

To be fair, Rowling has a new yearly tradition of apologizing for characters deaths. Which is nice, but just makes us cry all over again.

But Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the continuation of Potter and Company's adventures which is set to debut as a two-part play in London. The script was written by Rowling and Jack Thorne. Considering Voldemort had been vanquished for good at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where do we go from here? Here's a synopsis:

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.

So yeah. It's safe to say from what we already know of Rowling's Potter stories, there's going to be some dramatic stuff going on here but when a fan took to Twitter to ask the author if the play would make them cry she replied:

And then another fan said what we were all thinking.

And Rowling replied with the hard truth.

Don't worry, if you're unable to make it to the play itself, Scholastic will be selling the script in book form for you to sob into.

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