J.K. Rowling has turned the page. The two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be the last journey for the boy who lived, the beloved author told Reuters after the play’s grand opening at London’s West End last night.
“He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”
Nine years after the last book and five years after the last movie, the Cursed Child follows a middle-aged Harry, husband of Ginny Weasley, father of three and overworked Ministry of Magic employee. The five-hour play was adapted from a short story of hers with playwrights Jack Throne and John Tiffany. Rowling felt it was the send-off the characters and fans deserved.
“(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.”
However, just because Harry’s finally found some R&R doesn’t mean there won’t be further adventures within the Wizarding World. This fall sees the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a film written by the author herself and the first of a trilogy of prequels to the Harry Potter series.
Directed by David Yates and starring Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, that film opens November 18. The Cursed Child is sold out through May 2017.