The Harry Potter series is plainly one of the greatest pop culture phenomenons of the past twenty years, with seven hit books, eight massively successful feature films, and an entire media franchise that continues to endure in popularity even after the conclusion of the main series both in print and on the screen. Although there are a lot of places to continue to explore the Potter mythology — including an upcoming spin-off film starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne — another wholly original story by series creator J.K. Rowling that involves the core cast of characters didn’t seem likely in the immediate future. That is, until now.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, J.K. Rowling is writing a new story entitled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that will be premiering next year. Unlike the other stories that have originated in novel form, though, this one will be arriving in an entirely new medium: on the stage. As far as what the story is about, the production’s official website offers this description:
Based on an original, new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne will receive its world premiere in London’s West End in the summer of 2016 at the Palace Theatre.
Furthermore, the Daily Mail reports that the principle characters involved will be Lily and James Potter — Harry’s parents — and will delve into their lives before their murder at the hands of Lord Voldemort, and Harry being taken to his aunt and uncle’s awful home to spend his early childhood before eventually being whisked away to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While you may be tempted to call such a story a prequel, though, J.K. Rowling herself has flooded her own Twitter feed by driving the point home that the story isn’t a prequel, and she seems rather fervent about that. Here’s just one such example:
I can't remember whether I've mentioned this, but Harry Potter & the #CursedChild isn't a prequel.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 27, 2015
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is expected to open sometime next year in London’s West End. Rowling is also the screenwriter for the spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which will go into production soon for release in November of next year. For more on this as it takes shape, keep your eyes peeled to GeekNation!
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