The Harry Potter franchise is continuing the trend they set with their movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows– splitting one story into a two-parter. This could potentially be completely understandable, if the subject matter was so complex that it warranted such a detailed retelling, but it seems that more and more franchises are following this lead simply to get more buck for their bang, if you will. J.K. Rowling is re-using her dollar doubling formula with her stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which debuts in London next year. She took to twitter to share the news:
Over at the official Pottermore website, the play’s director John Tiffany offered this insight on the reason behind the split:
“I’ve never worked on anything quite like this before. Usually in theatre you’re adapting existing material or creating an entirely new play. With the Cursed Child we have been given the unique opportunity to explore some of the most cherished books and beloved characters ever written, yet work with J.K. Rowling to tell a story from that world that no one yet knows – it’s exhilarating.
“It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts.”
Sonia Friedman, producer, explained to The Daily Mail that the two parts “can be seen on consecutive days in the same week or in some instances on the same day,” and that, while schedules are still reportedly being worked out, “parts one and two will be performed on consecutive weekdays, while at weekends, audiences will be able to watch both parts in one day.”
Here’s what we know about the play so far. While there is music in it, the play is not a musical, and while it does focus on Harry’s life pre-Hogwarts, it is not a prequel (this last part has been repeatedly stated by Rowling herself). Got all that? Regardless, a little bit of confusion certainly won’t stop Potter fans from swarming London’s West End next summer to see this now two-parter!
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