Today is the best and most important day in the history of the world if you are a Harry Potter fan. First, the United States legalized gay marriage, so if Dumbledore decided to move here, he could marry whomever he wanted. Second, J.K. Rowling, the author of the Potter series (and, arguably, queen of everything), reminded us that 18 years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released. Third, she announced that there will be a Potter play in London next year, which continues the story we left behind in 2007.
The play is entitled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which already sounds huge and amazing. Rowling took to Twitter to discuss how she got the idea for the play. The world-famous writer told the world that this play “will tell a new story,” and she is working with another writer, Jack Thorne, and a director, John Tiffany. Fun Fact: Jack Thorne was a writer for British, teen drama Skins, where he created some heartbreakingly brilliant scenes for those characters. So, you know he’s probably going to be pretty great with Potter.
Tiffany directed the musical version of the Oscar-winning film, Once, which was beloved by audiences all around the globe. Fans now understand that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is bound for complete greatness.
Rowling remained coy about the project after that. She did not wish to reveal too much. She did, however, tweet that the play “is not a prequel.” Also, the confronted those fans who are begging for a new Potter novel, writing that once they see the play, they will understand that “it was the only proper medium for the story.”
This announcement didn’t come as a surprise to many fans. Rowling took to Facebook at the end of 2013 to announce that it was in the works. Things seem to have changed a bit since the original statement, but either way, we’re getting a Harry Potter stage play.
Over here, when we heard this news, all we could hear was Hermione’s voice saying to us, “It’s exciting, isn’t it?” Yes. Yes, it truly is.