If you’re at all versed in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, you may have heard about this little stage production called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Since it was announced three years ago, it has stoked anticipation in a rapid fanbase desperate to know more about The Boy Who Lived.


The West End play—a two-night, five-hour story set almost two decades after the novels—opened in June. But now the script of the play has been published for everyone around the world to read. It flew off the shelves just like the old books did, making it just about the only time a play script has been the fastest-selling new release ever.

To talk over our lingering apprehensions about diving back into Harry Potter’s story and Rowling’s ever-expanding Wizarding World, we rounded up WIRED’s crack team of Potter experts to talk about all things Cursed Child. Culture staff writer K.M. McFarland, photo and culture writer Charley Locke, and games editor Chris Kohler are all here for this special bonus episode of The Monitor—and they’ve got things to say about Harry and Ginny’s kids, Voldemort’s lineage, and whether we can ever think of Slytherin as something other than Evil House.

A few helpful links for things we talk about on the podcast:

-K.M. McFarland and Chris Kohler’s crosstalk about the play from last week.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sold four million copies in the UK and North America in its first week.

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Bonus Culture Podcast: Can the Harry Potter Play Cast the Same Spell as the Books?