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J.K. Rowling Confirms Harry Potter Will Take the Stage in London

In a week full of Harry Potter news, we can’t think of a better way to end it! Author J.K. Rowling has confirmed that a play starring Harry Potter will open in London’s West End next year. Details are scarce, but Rowling tweeted that the title of the play will be “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” Rowling collaborated with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany on the project, and the play is being produced by Sonia Friedman.

Even better news: the play is an entirely new story, not an adaptation of the novel. Fans should prepare for an all-new adventure.

So, what’s the plot of the new play? Rowling isn’t saying much, but she did confide that “it is not a prequel.”

Rowling originally announced plans for the play back in 2013. She said the play would tell “the previously untold story of Harry Potter’s early years as an orphan and outcast.” She also promised that some fan-favorites would appear in the work.

The Harry Potter franchise has already spawned films, spin-off books, and even spin-off movies based on the spin-off books (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is due out next year), so perhaps the stage was the inevitable next step!

And as for fans who wonder why Rowling wrote the new piece as a play rather than as an eighth novel in the series, she had an answer ready: “I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story.” 

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