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The New Harry Potter Play Is Not What You Think It Is

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | June 29, 2015 | Comments ()

By Cindy Davis | Trade News | June 29, 2015 |


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This past Friday, while we were all celebrating love’s win, J.K. Rowling made her own special announcement. Commemorating Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’s 18th anniversary (UK publishing), the author revealed a new play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will debut at London’s Palace Theater next summer. The new story will fill in the “untold part” of Harry’s story, including his parents’ lives. However, as soon as reports of the play began flying, Rowling was forced to correct a common misconception:

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In fact, there were so many misreports, she nearly gave up…

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She managed to stay polite.

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Even if it was ever so hard to get the message out.

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But, for the record, it’s not a prequel.


As to the inevitable question, “Why a play?”

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Rowling also clarified that the collaborative effort between herself, writer Jack Thorne (Skins, This Is England, A Long Way Down) and director John Tiffany (Black Watch, Once). Although Thorne wrote the script, Rowling said The Cursed Child “should be considered canon.”


Tickets for the summer 2016 production (not a prequel) will go on sale this fall.


Cindy Davis, (Twitter)


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