Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play Making London Stage Debut, J.K. Rowling Explains Why It Won’t Be a Novel

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by J.K. Rowling, is making its London stage debut; plus, the author explains why the new story won't be a novel Jenny Anderson/WireImage

But will Ron Weasley return? Will there be a Quidditch match? More butterbeer?! So many questions! J.K. Rowling had yet another surprise for Harry Potter fans when she revealed on Thursday, June 25, that a story about the boy with the lightning-bolt scar is heading to a London stage!

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“Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago! I’m also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year,” Rowling, 49, tweeted to her 4.8 million followers.

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“It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. #CursedChild,” she continued. “I don’t want to say too much more, because I don’t want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. However, I can say that it is not a prequel!”

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And, yes, Rowling was also quick to answer the obvious question: Why won’t it be turned into a novel? “I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story,” she explained. “I’ve had countless offers to extend Harry’s story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team!”

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She continued: “It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry’s story.”

This is the first play to be authored by Rowling. It’s set to open next summer.

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