Fans the world over celebrated the release of a new Harry Potter story this past weekend as the script book for the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child became available, but you might wanna savor this one—it’s likely the last release of a new Harry Potter story ever. Speaking at the premiere of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play in London, author J.K. Rowling revealed (via Reuters) that with the release of Cursed Child, Potter’s story is now over:
“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.”
When the final book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released in 2007, Rowling stated that it marked the end of the book series she set out to write, but always left the door open for more Harry Potter stories in the future should she feel inspired. However, given that Cursed Child follows Harry, Ron and Hermione into adulthood, it leaves little room for even more stories for that core trio, and thus it sounds like Potter’s story has finally (and sadly) come to an end.
But that doesn’t mean Rowling is finished telling stories set within the Wizarding World—far from it. Much like J.R.R. Tolkien, the author has done a tremendous job of continuing to flesh out this universe that she created with ancillary stories. Pottermore allows Rowling to share loads of information that couldn’t fit into the books, and she’s gone on and crafted a whole new trilogy of Wizarding World stories with the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies, which take place in the 1920s and follow magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne).
Rowling makes her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, releasing in theaters this November, but Warner Bros. always intended this to be a trilogy (at least) and the author has already completed the script for the sequel. So while Harry Potter’s story, specifically, is at an end, Rowling isn’t saying goodbye to the entire Wizarding World anytime soon. For our case, let’s hope that remains the case for a very long time.
For more of our recent Harry Potter coverage, peruse the links below:
- ‘Harry Potter’: Who Is the Cursed Child? (Spoilers)
- ‘Harry Potter’ Movies Ranked from Worst to Best
- The Woman Behind ‘Harry Potter’: J.K. Rowling’s Best Interviews and Speeches
- We Ranked All the Butterbeer Treats at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
- ‘Harry Potter’ Defense Against the Dark Arts Teachers Ranked by Competency