Rowling’s Potter play opens in 2016


JK Rowling has announced her Harry Potter stage play will open in London’s West End next year.
Called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it will tell the “untold part” of the boy wizard’s story, including the story of the lives of his murdered parents.
However, the author said on Twitter the play was “not a prequel”.
It will run at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016, with tickets on sale this autumn.

Thanks to Reyhan for this update.

I would love to see this, but as a reader, I’d love it far more in book form. What about you?

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Deborah Chan, previously “Arabella Figg” I read the first three Harry Potter books in 1999 to see what the fuss was about and was hooked. After participating at for several years, and then here at the pub, I joined the Blogengamot in 2009. I enjoy discussing and writing about the books I love, and particularly enjoy looking into characters' psychological and emotional motivations. My husband Rick and I live in Spokane, WA, where I’m a columnist for our newspaper, The Spokesman-Review. Our cat Casey Rose is my gravatar. Butterbeers all around!

19 thoughts on “Rowling’s Potter play opens in 2016

  1. Well, I would also love to see it, but as I live in Germany, I seriously doubt I’ll get to see it. I would also rather have a book – it would be so much easier!

  2. Hi Minerva! To me, not just easier, but a fuller story, including all the wonderful wordplay and opportunity for imagination.

    1. Of course I also meant that a book would be better because it would be a fuller story. But, I guess you can’t have everything, so seeing the play would be something. 😉

  3. Rowling has said that this won’t be a “prequel”. But it’s also said to feature James and Lily Potter. I’m guessing it will be a side thread, using some of the same characters as but not directly linked to the main narrative.

    Have to agree with the author’s decision not to add to the main story – for many reasons, not the least of which is that she is older and wiser and more skilled at her craft now, and any additions would show the seams. And Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott are no mean substitutes for Harry and Herminone. But the fan in me still wishes there were some way we could have “more”.

  4. I think a side thread would be fine, this is what I am mainly interested in when I read fanfiction. So, yes, “fanfiction” written by Herself is a great idea in my opinion, I am sure others will appreciate it too.

  5. I priced air and rail travel from various places in Germany to London, where presumably the Cursed Child will be staged. Ten hours by rail and two by air. Forty Euros for rail, ten times that for air. Plus tickets for the show. Plus overnight accomodation in London. Plus meals. I guess it depends on how badly one wants to see the play. I do know one thing though: a few years ago Ralph Fiennes was starring in a Tony nominated production of The Faith Healer on Broadway. I really thought about just getting on the train and checking it out. I didn’t follow up on the impulse, and have regretted it ever since.

      1. First, Red, thanks for the trip cost breakdown, that was amazing. I guess I’m hoping that the play, at some point, will be filmed and shown on TV.

        The Fantastic Beasts films I knew about and Eddie Redmayne is playing Scamander. These could be a lot of fun.

  6. I’ve been derelict getting back here. Thanks, nahyer! I’d read about this edition and seen a few shots of artwork, but now one is allowed to see the actual pages and more art at the link you posted. I plan on getting this myself!

    1. Um, due to a glitch in the software – or maybe it’s me – Red Rocker has been re-labelled as nahyer. It’s a long story, but call me Red!

  7. And now that I have your attention:

    I’m surprised that no one has posted yet on Rowling’s additions to the pre-canon in the re-tooled Pottermore. We learn about the 12th century wizard Linfred who came to be known as “the Potterer” due to his tendency to, well, potter, with medicinal herbs and potions which were, in fact if not in reputation, magical. We also learn about the origins of the Invisibility Cloak. And other events and developments in the Potter family history.

    1. Thanks. I’ll have a look at it tonight. When I looked at Pottermore last week, it still looked the same as always. Hadn’t had time since to go there.

      Oh, and the illustrated PS really looks amazing. I should buy it for myself. 😉

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