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J.K. Rowling on bringing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to Broadway, and whether we’d ever see a movie version

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Apr 22, 2018

Today, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child enjoyed its premiere on Broadway in New York City at the Lyric Theater, and among distinguished guests like Glenn Close, Chris Colfer, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ezra Miller was the magical author herself, J.K. Rowling. The play, written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, is based on a story by Rowling while drawing dozens of elements from the Wizarding World she established in her seven Harry Potter novels. Originally debuting at the Palace Theater in London, the show has finally reached the States, and not without certain challenges involved.

"One of the biggest challenges was finding a theater that could [be conducive to the production]," Rowling told SYFY WIRE on the red carpet. "It's an intricate production, there were certain technical demands, there's a lot of magic happening onstage, so we needed to find the right space, and the Lyric was, I think, [producer] Sonia Friedman said to me, 'It's been an unloved theater, and it's a big theater, and I'm not sure it will work for us [but] we took on the project of renovating the theater to make the play work, which was massive, so that was a huge challenge; we tend not to make life easy for ourselves."

Cursed Child serves as an epilogue to the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, following Harry and Ginny's son, Albus Severus. With companion works like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them getting the Hollywood treatment, one may wonder if Rowling plans to bring this play to the big screen. If you were hoping for a movie adaptation, you can stop holding your breath. 

"Cursed Child was written for the stage, and I love it on the stage," said the 52-year-old writer. "It's a theatrical experience. To be honest, I think it would be quite a lazy thing to do to put it on screen."

(With reporting by Tara Bernie)