It’s official, straight out of the author’s mouth: There will be no more stories to tell about popular fiction’s most famous boy wizard of all.
JK Rowling, who wrote the seven novels relating the magical adventures of Harry Potter and several other stories and publications that fleshed out the lore and society of Wizarding Britain hidden away from the non-magical Muggle world, spoke to the media during the premiere night of the two-part West End theatrical play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” at London’s Palace Theatre. The plays, written by playwright Jack Thorne from story ideas by Rowling, are officially the eighth installment of the epic series that have also been adapted as blockbuster movies by Warner Brothers.
Answering questions on whether “Cursed Child” would be the first in a new wave of Potter tales, (the seventh book, “Deathly Hallows”, was published in 2007 and shown as a two-part film in 2010 and 2011) Rowling had to put fans down gently.
“No, no,” She says according to The Daily Mail. “He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done. This is the next generation, you know. So I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”
The two parts of “Cursed Child”, with two acts each, combine to a total show time of just over five hours. Potter-fans who can’t make it to the Palace Theatre run – its tickets are sold out all the way to May 2017 – can instead opt to buy the official script book, released at midnight the day after the plays’ opening night of July 30. July 31 is, as fans would know, both Rowling and Harry’s birthday.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” literally starts of at the epilogue portion of “Deathly Hallows”, wherein a 37-year old Harry has started a family with Ginny Weasley and has three children. He is also Head of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic but is grossly overworked, while his second son, Albus Severus, struggles to form an identity at Hogwarts School beyond being his father’s son. An unlikely friendship with Scorpius, the son of Harry’s old rival Draco Malfoy, leads Albus to stumble across a new threat that could engulf the peace his father won in darkness.
The midnight opening of several bookstores carrying the “Cursed Child” script have been flooded by aficionados in the grip of a new Potter-mania, with book buyers dressed as witches and wizards and magical creatures galore. Not without reason that the script has become the most preordered book of 2016 with its popularity.
The play itself has been given favorable reviews, with the main draw being the incredible stage effects used to simulate the actors casting magic like a Potter-verse wizard would. Already plans are being made to bring the production over to Broadway in the future.
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