This was probably long overdue, but Harry Potter will finally hit the stage. Back in 2013, J.K. Rowling announced that something like this might happen soon, and now, two years later, we learn that “Harry Potter And The Cursed Child” is to be adapted for stage and will be set to open in London next year.
Not A Direct Prequel
The story does involve some of our most favorite characters and even though it takes place prior to what we already know about Harry and his special destiny, the new stage production will apparently not be a classic prequel like everyone thought.
“What was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs? This brand new play, which will be developed for the UK theatre, will explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast,” J.K Rowling’s website states.
“Featuring some of our favorite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom Destiny has plans.”
Why a Play and not a Novel?
The story of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will include more details about Harry’s difficult childhood and will also focus on his parents, Lily and James, but the main question was still – why the author hasn’t made it a brand new book. She had this to say:
“To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question — why isn’t #CursedChild a new novel? — I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story.”