JK Rowling Announces New Harry Potter Stage Play

26th Jun 2015

Author confirms the boy wizard will hit the stage in 2016

It’s been at least five minutes since we we were excited by something JK Rowling said or did, so it was doubly thrilling to see her tweet early this morning that everyone’s favourite boy wizard will be back – in a new Harry Potter stage play in 2016.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be a collaboration between Rowling, director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne.

Tiffany is best known for his award-winning work on the National Theatre of Scotland’s Black Watch and the Broadway run of film-to-musical adaptation Once, while Thorne has previously adapted the novel and film of Let The Right One In for the West End stage to great critical acclaim.

Announcing the plans on the 18th anniversary of the UK release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Rowling was light on details, claiming she “[doesn’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 she did confirm the Harry Potter stage play will be a new story, not a prequel and debut in London next year.

In answering questions on why the new tale will not be a novel, Rowling is confident fans will understand when they see the show, saying that “it [is] the only proper medium for the story”.

With a film adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them also on the way in November, 2016 is set to be a truly magic year for fans of the fantastical.

We can’t wait!