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The author officially made the announcement on her Twitter page on Friday morning, revealing that the new play will be called ‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’.
So far, JK has said she’s keeping the details under wraps, insisting that she doesn’t “want to spoil what I know will be a treat for fans”.
But the author also insisted the new play is “not a prequel”, suggesting it is set after the events of the final book in the series, ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows’.
She also explained why she chose to write the new story as a play, rather than an eighth novel, writing: “I am confident that when audiences see the play, they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story.”
I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
I don't want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
However, I can say that it is not a prequel! #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
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
I've had countless offers to extend Harry's story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team! #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
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
The announcement was made on what JK Rowling described as a “special day”, as it coincided with the 18th anniversary of the first ‘Harry Potter’ book, ‘The Philosopher’s Stone’, being released in the UK.
Next year looks set to be a seriously exciting one for ‘Harry Potter’ fans.
In addition to the new play hitting the theatre, there’s also a new film to look forward to, with Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston starring in the big screen adaptation of ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’.
‘Fantastic Beasts’, which will act as JK Rowling’s screenwriting debut, is based on a Hogwarts text book which first appeared in ‘Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone’, but which she later decided to pen for real, with proceeds from the book going to help Comic Relief.
‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ will act as a collaboration between JK Rowling, writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany.
Find out more at www.harrypottertheplaylondon.com