For fans of the Harry Potter series, nothing was sadder than the moment the credits rolled on the eighth Harry Potter movie. We’d read all the books and seen all the movies several times, and while we were anticipating Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, we all knew the arrival of that movie would be the end of an era.
The only thing fans could hold onto was the small hope that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling would write another book. There were lots of ideas. Maybe a prequel about the lives of Harry’s parents and their friends in Hogwarts. Perhaps a story of what happened in the nineteen year break Rowling initiated in the last book. What she gave us is the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It’s only played in London so far, but we finally know when it’ll make its Broadway debut: April 22, 2018!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was written and published as a script. It centers around Harry’s child, Albus Severus Potter as he struggles to get through school and step out of his father’s shadow. The play also gives us glimpses into the lives of The Golden Trio, as well as Ginny Weasley, Draco Malfoy, and Draco’s son, Scorpius Malfoy (who also happens to be Albus Potter’s best friend).
The Cursed Child was put on as a two-part play in London’s West End. For those who were not able to see it, The Cursed Child script was published as a book, and while fans were receptive of this, many were upset they would never get to see it performed. If you were one of those fans, you may have another chance!
The Cursed Child obviously did extremely well in London. It was nominated for eleven Laurence Olivier Awards (the British equivalent of the Tonys), and won nine. Both the nomination count and win count were record breaking numbers. Due to it’s success, The Cursed Child will officially announced to hit the Lyric Theater on Broadway!
Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), and Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter) / Image Via Rolling Stone
Did you guys know The Cursed Child almost didn’t come out at all? Fans asked J.K. Rowling to write another Harry Potter book very soon after the last one came out. Prequel, sequel, or side story, they didn’t care. They just couldn’t let go of the Harry Potter universe. Rowling, however, could.
Following the release of the last Harry Potter book, Rowling wrote an adult novel called A Casual Vacancy. She then published another book called The Cuckoo’s Calling under a pseudonym. For ten years, Rowling tried to resist writing another Harry Potter book. This is what Rowling told CBS News’ Sunday Morning host Mark Phillips:
Well, I’d said no to everyone for 10 years. Because…we all know I don’t need the money. Life is too short.
But the temptation to tell the story of Albus and the burden being the son of two very famous parents, was still there. What really convinced Rowling however, was the opportunity to work with her co-screenwriters, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. While The Cursed Child had it’s critics, most fans are glad she was inspired to write it!
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