The two-part play (not a musical), clocking in at a little more than five hours, takes place 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The story follows Harry, who now works for the Ministry of Magic, and his younger son (and second child) Albus, who is about to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
SYFY WIRE was on hand for a red-carpet interview, where we spoke with none other than J.K. Rowling herself. The Harry Potter writer shared with us how they went about doing some custom renovations to The Cursed Child’s Broadway home.
"One of the biggest challenges was finding a theater that could — it’s an intricate production, there were certain technical demands," Rowling told us. "There’s a lot of magic happening on stage, so we needed to find the right space. And the Lyric was, I think, Sonia Friedman said to me, ‘You know, 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 them the project to renovate 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."
Rowling also explained how the story was specifically crafted for the stage, and whether she thinks it should be adapted for the big screen.
"The Cursed Child was written for the stage, and I love it on the stage," she said. "It’s a theatrical experience. To be honest, I think it would be quite a lazy thing to do to put it onscreen. I don’t want that."
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.