Fans rejoice, as JK Rowling has revealed some magical new details with regards the upcoming stage play about The Boy Who Lived, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Writing on Twitter, the author said that due to the ‘epic nature of the story’ she has been working on, the play will be broken into two parts.
*Clears throat loudly and bangs teaspoon on mug of tea* I have #CursedChild news!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 24, 2015
Rowling announced Cursed Child earlier this year, saying she was collaborating with established TV screenwriter Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany to create the new story.
On the recently revamped Pottermore website, Thorne wrote: “Obviously I loved it when we decided to tell this story in two parts because I got to spend more time with the characters and what an honour that has been.
“It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts.”
Harry Potter through the ages
Harry Potter through the ages
1/7 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
The first film introduced Daniel Radcliffe to our screens, pictured here as he prepares to board the train to Hogwarts for the first time.
2/7 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
The second installment saw Harry come face to face with Voldemort again, but in an incarnation of his youthful self. Daniel Radcliffe was thirteen when the film came out.
3/7 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry arrives in the graveyard to be confronted by Voledemort in the fourth instalment, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
4/7 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Acclaimed as the 'best film yet' by Rowling on it's release in 2007, The Order of the Phoenix grossed nearly $940m in total. In this scene Harry fights off a dementor after it attacks his cousin Dudley Dursley.
5/7 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
As the characters grew older, JK Rowling's narrative arc grew progressively darker with Harry facing evil forces more than ever.
6/7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The final book of the seven-long series was turned into two epic-length films. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows marked a departure from Hogwarts and a traditional 'Potter' story arc.
7/7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, was softer in tone, with Harry, Ron and Hermione seeing their children off to Hogwarts.
He says they are anxious to “respect the previous seven stories” and hopes people will “love this play like they loved the books.”
Rowling said she was working on a prequel to the books in 2013, but has not spoken of them since. The Cursed Child has been referred to as a “new story” but it is not yet clear where it will fit in the Harry Potter timeline - despite the author making it clear repeatedly on social media that it is "definitely not a prequel".
*Quietly adds hemlock to dregs of tea* https://t.co/LYK5Sg58Sh— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 24, 2015
It is expected to include characters from the seven books and eight blockbuster movies, particularly the Dursley family who reluctantly cared for Harry and made him sleep in the cupboard under the stairs. Speculators also believe the story could look further into the lives of Harry’s parents, Lily and James Potter.
It is unknown whether Daniel Radcliffe will be returning to the role of Harry Potter. He has recently made headlines for shaving his head in anticipation of his role as a neo-Nazi in the film Imperium.Reuse content