Wands up, J.K. Rowling has some exciting Harry Potter news on the way for muggles and wizards alike. The acclaimed creator of the lightning-scarred kid has stayed close to her wizarding world since she put her quill down for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and it sounds like she has another surprise up her sleeve.
Aside from the seven books, Rowling’s world has expanded into Harry’s own big screen outings in Warner Bros.’ acclaimed movie series, returned for a stage play, and even branched into the spin-off series of Fantastic Beasts. That’s before you even mention the theme parks, LEGO sets, and dining experiences.
Taking to Twitter, Rowling teased that something big is on the way. Writing, “Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places”, she sent the Twitterverse into meltdown.
Is this a sequel to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a live-action adaptation for the silver screen, or something completely different? The opportunities are frankly endless.
Written by Jack Thorne and Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was released as a stage play and script in 2016. Considering the script went on to become the most preordered book of 2016, it’s clear there’s plenty of mischief and magic to still be had with the Potterverse.
Those who’ve read The Cursed Child or seen the play will know the story focusses on Albus Severus Potter attending Hogwarts. Harry working at the Ministry of Magic whilst Ginny is a sports writer for The Daily Prophet. Ron manages Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, and Hermione is the Minister of Magic.
Safe to say, there’s always been a pretty divisive reception to The Cursed Child — emphasised by some of the replies to Rowling’s announcement.
I’m sorry JK. But if you are gonna do this, please change the story. The Cursed Child play really does feel like bad fan fiction – Voldemort having a child, Diggory becoming a death eater. Please, I’m begging you. pic.twitter.com/McikL1D6bB— Dan 🙂 (@DKK_2000) September 5, 2019
#CursedChild was bad (I mean bad) fanfic. Just ignore it ever happened— A Welsh/ British Person (@welshmanineng) September 5, 2019
Pls Don’t. If Curse Child is gonna be a thing you need to change EVERYTHING!! Keep up the FB series and let that thing die under a train station seat in the limbo pls.— Morpho Comics (@MorphoComics) September 6, 2019
Please…no more cursed child pic.twitter.com/DpWEedyxRn— Yosss🇭🇳💕 (@ItsYosss) September 5, 2019
cursed child? pic.twitter.com/f3sThbFhoV— 𝐣𝐨𝐬𝐡 (@devilwholived) September 5, 2019
PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS. I love Harry Potter, but the Cursed Child should NOT become a film. The story feels like really bad fiction – Voldermort having a child, Diggory becoming a Death Eater… pic.twitter.com/g6bYqS9Gpg— Dan 🙂 (@DKK_2000) September 5, 2019
In the past, the likes of Daniel Radcliffe have said they’d never say never to reprising their roles as adult version of the characters they left behind in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. The ending of the 2011 movie had a flash forward to the future and featured Harry, Ron, Hermione, and co. with their respective partners and brood of kids.
It seems that the whole who-ha was slightly over the top though. Cursed Child’s branding has been replaced by the official ‘lightening font’ that will be familiar to fans of the movies – and the play has been officially made canon.
Rowling has taken a bit of a break from Twitter, and whatever you think of her cryptic tweet, she’s definitely managed to come back with a bang. We’ll just have to wait and see what else she’s cooking up in the cauldron.
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