Last night, a new Harry Potter story came out to the masses in book stores, albeit in a different format than what we had come to know and love; Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the official eighth story starring The Boy Who Lived is, as you’re probably already aware, a stage-play script released in book format. Despite the unconventional format, people are very excited for more Harry Potter stories to dive into all the same. However, people had been wondering if there was even more stories untold from the lightning scarred English wizard in our future… well, Potter-author J.K. Rowling recently gave us an answer.
Reuters recently spoke to Rowling as she was on hand for the play’s premiere a few days ago; Cursed Child picks up the story 19 years after the previous book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, left off. When asked whether this new story would begin a new series of Potter stories, Rowling responded:
“No, no. […] 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.”
While that may come as something a let down to fans, it does imply that we have not seen the end of the wizarding world Rowling crafted altogether; indeed, later this very year Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set to release (which, if you missed it, had an awesome trailer at SDCC 2016). There’s also the (admittedly small) possibility that Cursed Child itself will receive a film adaptation. These, of course, are not books, which is what many a fan is really, truly wanting. It’s currently unknown whether Rowling plans on adding more novel-length stories to the “Potterverse”, but she has given us short stories and biographies through the official Harry Potter website, Pottermore.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is available now in book stores; the theatrical production is currently open to audience in London’s Palace Theatre.