Watch The Trailer For J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’

an HBO miniseries event

by daniel barna

The first trailer for J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy hit the web Thursday, and while we're a long way from Hogwarts, the HBO/BBC adaptation of Rowling's first post-Potter novel looks absolutely riveting. The three-part miniseries plunges us into the bucolic English town of Pagford, where the community is reeling from the sudden death of a prominent councilman. Anyone who has seen ITV's smash hit Broadchucrch, knows that every British town has secrets and nothing is as it seems—and Pagford proves itself to be no different. As the townsfolk scramble to fill the empty council seat, their dirty laundry is aired by a mysterious entity claiming to be the ghost of the deceased councilman.

Parts one and two of The Casual Vacancy are set to premiere back-to-back on April 29, with the series conclusion airing the following night. Until then, it's anyone's guess who the culprit is. We're blaming Voldemort. Check out the trailer, above.