'Harry Potter': Will 'The Cursed Child' Be a Prequel? (Hint: No)

The author takes to Twitter to clarify what the new story, a play, is or is not about.
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Ever since J.K. Rowling announced Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Twitter, there has been feverish speculation about what story fans would get in the play. All Rowling revealed was the title, the fact it was a play and that she was collaborating with writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany.

The Daily Mail claimed it would be a story about Harry’s parents (Lilly and James Potter) in the year between his birth and their death at the hands of Lord Voldemort. Many other publications referred to it as a prequel.

But Rowling took to Twitter on June 29 to emphatically state that Cursed Child is not a prequel.



Casting some additional doubt on the Mail’s story, she added:


But she did make one very important point:


All this doesn’t 100 percent invalidate the Mail’s story or the speculation that the story will be set before the events in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. But if the speculation is true, it raises the tricky question of whether a story can be set before certain events and not be a prequel. How can it be canon but not a prequel? Is Rowling messing with us or is the Mail totally wrong?

Fans will have to wait until mid-2016 when the play opens at London's Palace Theatre next summer.