Rowling claims 8th part of Potter series was never meant to be written as a novel

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  • Rowling says that she never desired to write the eighth story of the Potter saga as a novel
  • Rowling expresses gratitude to creative team for approaching her to turn ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ into a play
  • The play opens at London in July 2016

Harry Potter fans around the world is in for a treat with ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, which is officially the eighth installment of the worldwide hit fantasy series, to be staged as a play. However, J.K. Rowling, who is the British author behind the global Potter phenomenon, recently said that she never really had “a particular desire” to write it as a novel for specific reasons that she claims will make sense to those planning to watch the play.

During a BBC Radio 2’s Book Club with Simon Mayo interview, Rowling expressed her gratitude to the creative geniuses working on the play for making the effort of reaching out to her about bringing the story to life, saying, “I think together we’re going to make a really fantastic experience for people. But it was the people, I didn’t go looking for this, it found me.”

Directed by John Tiffany, written by Jack Thorne, the original new story was made in collaboration with J.K. Rowling herself. It will be the first to be presented as a stage play. However, the casting, which is composed of 30 characters, is yet to be announced.

Tiffany, Thorne, and Rowling are all in agreement that the theatrical presentation for the latest Potter tale will prove to be an exciting platform to explore both for them and the audiences.

At the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry and his two closest friends, Ron and Hermione, were seen dropping their kids off and waving their respective goodbyes at the Hogwarts Express. This is exactly where the newest Potter story is reported to pick up from.

Although Harry is known to have two children, namely James Sirius and Albus Severus, there is still no confirmation as to whom the title, ‘cursed child’, is designated to.

The two-part sequel is set to open at the Palace Theatre London come July 2016. Tickets may be purchased online for those who have registered for priority booking.

Here is the official synopsis:

“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.”