It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry's story. #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
This one may be a bit on the obvious side, given the title, but previous reports suggested the plot of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child might be more focused on Harry's parents. Though the title heavily implies Harry Potter's direct involvement in the story, Rowling's comment clarifies that even further. Also, it's not a prequel...
J.K. Rowling has countered comments and reports that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a prequel by amusingly responding over and over via Twitter that the stage play is not a prequel. That seems to rule out what we learned a few years back, when this project was said to be in the works, that the story would focus on Harry Potter during his pre-Hogwarts years. Assuming prequel covers anything that takes place prior to the Harry Potter books (and assuming we're not working under a technicality that Sorcerer's Stone picks up when Harry was a baby), the story will either take place during Harry's Hogwarts years or after.
J.K. Rowling has made it clear that she did not write the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Jack Thorne, whose theatre credits include a stage adaptation of Let The Right One In, penned the script for this new Harry Potter story. But, that's not to say the Harry Potter author wasn't involved in the development of the project, or that whatever the play reveals won't be considered canon...
After clarifying her involvement in the project, mainly by saying that she didn't write the script, Rowling went on to confirm that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is considered canon, meaning whatever information is revealed, including the story itself, is official to the Harry Potter story and universe.
To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question - why isn't #CursedChild a new novel? - I am confident that when audiences see the play— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story. #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
A lot of Harry Potter fans would love for J.K. Rowling to write a new Harry Potter novel. Well, that's not happening here, and from what Rowling Tweeted, she's confident fans will understand why this story needed to a play once they see it. Why? We can only speculate.
As intriguing as it is that Harry Potter is making its way to the stage with a new story, let's face it, it's a bit frustrating too, as only a limited percentage of Harry Potter fans will likely be able to get to London to see it. Droves, to be sure, but still limited by comparison to the full scope of the global fandom. Those who can't get to London's West End to check out the play will either have to wait for it to tour, assuming it does, or spoil themselves when the inevitable plot details leak.
Find out what we know about tickets and the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child next...
- Tickets for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will go on sale in Fall 2015. Details on ticket sales will be released July 2015.
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will debut at the Palace Theatre in London's West End during Summer 2016.
- Official Site
- Creative Team- J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
- Starring: TBD
- Directing: John Tiffany
- Movement: Steven Hogget
- Set Designs: Christine Jones
- Costumes: Katrina Lindsay
- Lighting: Neil Austin
- Music: Imogen Heap
- Sound: Gareth Fry
- Special Effects: Jeremy Chernick