Harry Potter and the Cursed Child might not be hitting theaters, but if you make the trip to see it in London, bring tissues. At least that’s what series creator J.K. Rowling said in response to a fan’s question on Twitter.
The Harry Potter series has been riddled with sad moments, especially in the last few books. The deaths of several characters were a difficult choice for the author, but she felt it was necessary in the end. She was very right, as those character deaths were polarizing and gave it an added depth of realism. Rowling also stated before she started killing characters off that it was something which might prepare children for the same thing in real life.
Yes, Potter fans, the death of Dumbledore in Half-Blood Prince was meant to be educational “tough love.”
It might also be worth noting that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was written at a time in Rowling’s life when she was depressed. The series was therapeutic to the author and remains a classic in children’s literature.
The upcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set a few years after Harry and his band of wizards and witches had children of their own. We last saw them ushering the young wizardly ones off to platform nine and three-quarters to catch the train to Hogwarts. It’s been reported that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will continue the story of Albus Severus Potter, and possibly James, Lily, and the next generation of Weasleys.
If it doesn’t, we’ll be checking your vital signs. https://t.co/jVSDf3xEbI
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 27, 2016
Little is known for now, possibly because security has surrounded the screenplay for the upcoming London play much like it did with Half-Blood Prince. With the infamous sixth novel, it was teased that a major character would die, and the British Secret Service was used to help keep potential leaks from happening over the internet. One such leak turned out to be false, as the document turned out to not match the actual story.
— Mashable (@mashable) May 27, 2016
Don’t expect any leaks on this one either. If you must know, there are bound to be online spoilers when the play hits London next month. The book itself will be published on July 31 and will probably sell out quickly.
— Teen Vogue (@TeenVogue) May 27, 2016
The latest news on the story, as mentioned above, is that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will make you cry. A fan who shares the names of Harry’s father and son (James) asked J.K. Rowling on Twitter whether the book and London play will “make me cry.” Her response was very direct without giving anything away.
“If it doesn’t, we’ll be checking your vital signs. I’m a writer. If you’re not feeling, I’m not doing it right.”
J.K. Rowling went into detail describing how Albus Potter basically inherited all of his father’s problems.
“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: [Sometimes], darkness comes from unexpected places.”
Does this mean that Lord Voldemort will be back in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Again, you’ll have to wait until the book is published if you don’t want to travel to London to see it yourself on stage.
Just be warned: J.K. Rowling says that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will make you cry.
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