J.K. Rowling announces the end of Harry Potter: ‘I think we’re done’
Hold your new copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child close, people! After nearly 20 years, seven novels, eight feature films, and theme park attractions around the world, J.K. Rowling announced she is officially done expanding the trajectory of the boy wizard at the center of it all.
Speaking Saturday night at the London premiere of Cursed Child’s stage production, Rowling told press that Harry “goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done.”
Rowling’s announcement comes as Cursed Child ends a little over a month of preview runs and officially opens to the public. Further elaborating on her decision to conclude Harry’s story with the play, the author added: “This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”
Parts I and II of Cursed Child’s printed script, which received glowing critical reviews and shattered preorder records, went on sale Sunday at midnight. The play, which is currently set to run through Dec. 2017, tells the story of Harry, Ron, and Hermione 19 years after the events of the franchise’s final novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and also focuses on Harry’s son, Albus.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now playing at London’s Palace Theatre. Tickets are currently sold out, though 250,000 seats will be available for purchase beginning Aug. 4.