After the Sunday release of the play script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two — which sold more than 2 million print copies in North America in its first two days of publication — there will be no further Harry Potter tales.
“He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done,” Rowling said to Reuters about Harry. “This is the next generation, you know. So I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”
The Cursed Child, the eighth story in the Potter saga, had its world premiere in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre on July 30. The script was written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, based on a story by Rowling. Despite its high sale numbers, Potter fans’ reactions to the script (which is not a book, as some found out) have been mixed.
Rowling says she felt an incredible amount of pressure leading up to the Cursed Child release.
“It was daunting,” she said on the red carpet at the play’s premiere. “I think I’ve got three offers a week for the last decade to do a musical or a play, or an ice show or an opera – you name it, I’ve been asked to do it!”
A 2001 Rowling work (also tangentially based in the Potter universe), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is getting the movie treatment in November, with Eddie Redmayne in the starring role. Rowling is credited as writer for the title.
It was just revealed that a sequel to Fantastic Beasts has been green-lit, again with Rowling behind the scenes, for release in 2018. So while there may not be any more Potter in the future, we’ll have plenty of Rowling to keep us occupied.
With files from The Associated Press