J.K. Rowling Says Harry Potter is Done After Cursed Child

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It’s an exciting weekend to be a Harry Potter fan, but it might also be a depressing one. Author J.K. Rowling has confirmed (or “confirmed,” as I’m gonna put it) that the story of our beloved Boy Who Lived has come to an end.

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Speaking at the Palace Theatre on the premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Rowling told the press that Harry’s journey in the two-part play has brought his story to a close, making way for new characters and stories.

“[Harry] goes on a very big journey during these two plays and, then, yeah, I think we’re done,” Rowling said. “This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”

That doesn’t mean we’ll never see Harry Potter again. In fact, I’m willing to stake a lot of butterbeer on the fact that he’s not going anywhere. After all, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard Rowling (or her spokesperson) say that she’s not writing any more adult Harry Potter stories. And technically she hasn’t, since Jack Thorne wrote the script for Cursed Child, but still, come on.

Rowling likely means that Harry’s role as protagonist is moving on to someone else close to him, whether it’s continuing Albus’ journey or seeing more of James. Heck, I’d love to see a spinoff about Rose Granger-Weasely.

In the meantime, Harry Potter fans around the world are diving into the printed script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2. which went on sale at midnight Sunday. It’s predicted to be one of the best-selling books of the year.

[Radio Times]

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DISCUSSION

I wish she would expand her world building. (At least a forward looking one. And not let’s go to the past.) I could not care less if I read another adventure of Harry, Ron or Hermione. However, I would love to get a war novel from Neville’s point of view. How did he become such a big leader during the fight? What did he do after the war? Did the war at any point spill into the Muggle world? How did the Prime Minister handle this? Does the Queen know about the magical world. I am not sure why but I expect the royal families of Europe to know about magic. I think it goes back to a time when Court Magicians and Court Alchemists weren’t unheard of. Did either side of the war ever use Muggle weapons because it gave them the edge. But abandon it because it was too dangerous? (Can you imagine a nuclear option in the Wizarding world?)

Come on Mrs. Rowling. Give us an expanded modern universe!