8:37pm PT by Andy Lewis
J.K. Rowling: 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' to Be Two-Parter
The summer J.K. Rowling Twitter-a-thon continues. She's tweeted out more about the Potter backstory, about Harry's kids and her views on why Draco would be a bad boyfriend. Now she's dropping future spoilers (of a kind).
The author tweeted on Sept. 24 that the forthcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be staged in two parts.
*Clears throat loudly and bangs teaspoon on mug of tea* I have #CursedChild news!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 24, 2015
A follow-up on Pottermore added quotes from director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne. Tiffany said, "I’ve never worked on anything quite like this before. Usually in theater 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."
The play is scheduled to open sometime this summer in London’s West End. According to the official site for the play, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child … is one play presented in two parts which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings." (Fans can also start registering for tickets now at the official site.)
Plot details have been kept under wraps. Rowling has said the story was always intended as a play, that Harry isn't the cursed child and that the story isn't a prequel. Beyond that fans know nothing about the story.
Sept. 25, 10:00 a.m. Updated to clarify that both parts of the play will debut over the summer.