Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: JK Rowling says Harry's story is 'done now'

'This is the next generation, you know'

Jack Shepherd
Sunday 31 July 2016 08:47 BST

By now, hundreds of readers around the world will have finished Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth part of the Harry Potter saga.

Featuring a middle-aged Boy-Who-Lived, the story not only follows his journey but also that of his son, Albus Severus Potter, and numerous other new characters.

Speaking at the first post-previews enactment of the play at the Palace Theatre, London, author JK Rowling revealed Cursed Child could very well be the last adventure for Harry.

"He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done," she told reporters.

"This is the next generation, you know. So, I'm thrilled to see it realised so beautifully but, No, Harry is done now.”

Rowling also said that the decision to bring the wizarding world to the stage rather than another novel was an easy one, thanks to producer Sonia Friedman's vision.

“[It] chimed perfectly with the material I had about the next generation and I could see it would work perfectly," she said. "So, I never wanted to write another novel, but this will give the fans something special.”

Bookstores around the world have been celebrating the release of The Cursed Child, the book form of the stage play being the most preordered book since 2007 and the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

If you haven’t grabbed a copy just yet, check out our non-spoiler review of the theatre production here, awarded five stars by The Independent.

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