Potterheads across the globe were cordially invited back into J.K. Rowling’s magical world of witchcraft and wizardry this past weekend with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the script book released to conicide with the recent stage play.
Chronicling the journey of Harry, now a figurehead at the Ministry of Magic, and his dearest son Albus Severus Potter, the Cursed Child went down a storm on the West End, though Potter fans ought to relish the new entry as J.K. Rowling believes it will effectively close the book on Harry’s saga.
“He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”
Rowling is, however, excited for the advent of a “new generation,” one that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will surely usher in when it hits theaters on November. Directed by Harry Potter stalwart David Yates – J.K. Rowling assisted in adapting her short novel for the big screen – Beasts takes place in the Roaring ’20s of New York City, where Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander is sent scurrying across the Big Apple to rein in those titular monstrosities that have escaped.
Though it is the first Potter-related film to come out of Warner Bros. in close to six years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them could well spawn a trilogy of its own. Harry Potter, meanwhile, is all but set to hang up his wizard hat – and that’s despite Daniel Radcliffe expressing his own interest in reprising the famous role.