We have good news and bad news.
The good news is that the stage play and script book for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” debuted yesterday (31st July 2016), which also marks Harry Potter’s 36th birthday; the bad news is that author J.K. Rowling said that the story for “The Boy Who Lived” is done.
“He goes on a very big journey during these 2 plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realised so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now,” said the 51-year-old writer to Reuters during the plays’ gala opening at the London’s Palace Theatre.
Though fans hope to see more of Harry Potter after the “Cursed Child”, all good things must come to an end as the author is thinking of continuing the story about the next generation (Read: Harry, Ron, Hermione, and Draco’s children).
“It chimed perfectly with the material I had about the next generation and I could see it would work perfectly. So I never wanted to write another novel, but this will give the fans something special.”
But fret not, that’s not the end of Rowling’s wizarding world. Fans and Potterheads can still look forward to Warner Bros. and David Yate’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, which stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, this coming November. Also, a new batch of tickets for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be available for purchase starting 4th August, extending the show’s run until December 2017 instead of May 2017.
The latest wizarding world instalment is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage and it is based on an original new story by Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, and is written by Thorne.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” picks up exactly where “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” ended: grown-up Harry and his wife Ginny sending off their 2 sons, James and Albus Potter, to Hogwarts at Platform 9 3/4. The play, which received rave reviews from fans and critics alike during the preview shows, is a 5-hour play, split over 2 parts.
Although we hope and dream that Hollywood might one day turn the play into a movie, “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” ;)
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” stars Jamie Parker, Noma Dumezweni, Paul Thornley and young rising stars Sam Clement, Alex Price, as well as Cherrelle Skeete.
For more information, visit the play’s official website.
Source: Reuters / Featured image: Warner Bros.