Though plans for a Harry Potter stage play were first announced back in 2013, nothing much more was heard about it other than a few rumours. Now J.K. Rowling herself has taken to Twitter to confirm that the production will receive its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016.
Called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the play will not serve as a prequel to the Harry Potter stories, as originally planned, but will instead take the form of an “untold part of Harry’s Story.”
In a series of Tweets, Rowling gave a few more details about the production, including the team of writers she is collaborating with.
“I’m very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year,” she said.
“It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself.
“I don’t want to say too much more as I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. However, I can say that it is not a prequel!
“I’ve had countless offers to extend Harry’s story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team! It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry’s story.”
The writer went on to answer one inevitable question before it was even asked:
To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question – why isn’t #CursedChild a new novel? – I am confident that when audiences see the play
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
What do you think of the news? Will it be a welcome sight to see the wizarding world brought to life on the stage, or do you think it’s another gimmick to make money?
Personally, I will reserve judgement until I see it in action, but I do know that Rowling holds these characters of her creation very close to her heart, and I feel confident that she would not enter into any kind of negotiations for a stage deal unless she felt it worthy of Harry and co.
I am fascinated to hear more of the storyline, and where exactly Cursed Child will fit in the overall Harry Potter timeline. I am also curious to know whether any of the film actors would be willing to reprise their roles. Granted, the main three are now too old, but there could be the potential for some of the Hogwarts teaching staff to return, maybe? Time will tell, and we’ll find out for sure when Harry Potter and the Cursed Child arrives in London next summer!