Harry Potter. Two words. Instant hit. J.K. Rowling has announced her stage play set in the Harry Potter universe. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will debut in summer 2016 in London’s West End.
That noise you hear is people everywhere clamoring for tickets. The play will tell the story of the boy wizard and his parents, James and Lily, before their murders. I know what you’re thinking. Are we getting a Harry Potter prequel?
J.K. Rowling is quick to shoot that down, saying the play is not a prequel. Fans upset this isn’t in book form have also been hit with a preemptive strike from Rowling on Twitter.
they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story. #CursedChild
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
One of the biggest unknowns is will this debut outside of London? Fans are lighting up social media with questions about the play making its rounds across the globe. Officially, there hasn’t been any announcements. Unofficially, it’s almost a guarantee.
It’s Harry Potter. It delights fans worldwide and rakes in enough money to fill multiple banks. Rowling knows this, so expect it sometime after the first run in London’s West End. It’s not fun we have to wait, but the casting and choreography have to be nailed down before it starts traveling.
Harry Potter Anniversary
Want to feel old? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s announcement coincided with the 18th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. 18 years. I’m not sure if I should be impressed or depressed.
It has been an excellent week for fans of Harry Potter. Rowling announced a new backstory on her site, Pottermore. It explores the Dursley’s hatred for Harry. It involves Harry’s dad, but that’s all the spoilers you’ll get. Head over to Pottermore for more on the backstory.
So, a Harry Potter play, a new backstory and damn near constant rumors of future books. It’s good to be a Potter fan.
Tell me what you think of J.K. Rowling taking the story to the stage? Are you enough of a superfan to book a trip to London, or will you wait until it hits closer to home?