JK Rowling Originally Didn’t Want ‘Harry Potter’ On Stage — But Now It’s Coming To Broadway

We last saw Harry Potter at the end of “Deathly Hallows” when now a father, found himself again at platform 9¾ — but this time sending off his son, Albus, to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

After seven books and eight movies, JK Rowling originally intended this scene to be the end of the story for the famous wizard, but then came Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, a theatrical collaboration with director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne. The play (not a musical), has already hit the stage in London, winning a record-breaking nine Oliver Awards. The play is now making its way to the Broadway stage in New York City.

Appearing on CBS Sunday Morning, Rowling and her fellow Cursed Child collaborators didn’t reveal much about the play, holding true to the principle of “#KeepTheSecrets” Rowling is spreading to theatergoers in the UK to avoid leaking spoilers. What she did reveal is that she originally never intended to continue the story of Potter for the theater.

“I genuinely didn’t want Harry to go onstage,” Rowling confessed. “I felt that I was done. I’d say no to everyone for ten years because, to answer your question equally directly, we all know I don’t need the money.”

What persuaded Rowling to consider the theater for Harry Potter was the opportunity to collaborate with her creative team. But for those hoping to see another seven-book series on the story of Albus, Rowling has some bad news.

“Harry’s story now, I think I’m done,” Rowling said. “I needed to be persuaded to do [it] 19 years on, and I’m really glad I was persuaded because I’m so proud of this play, but no, we’re not going to see Albus’ son go to Hogwarts, not on my watch.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to arrive on Broadway in the spring of 2018 at the Lyric Theater. Tickets go on sale next month. A script for the two-part play was also published in 2016.

 

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