Why J.K. Rowling says she's done with Harry Potter after The Cursed Child

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Aug 2, 2016, 9:22 PM EDT (Updated)

Looks like J.K. Rowling is done with the Boy Who Lived.

That’s what Rowling revealed during the London premiere of her two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Saturday, which is widely viewed as the eighth entry in the Harry Potter book series (the play’s script was adapted and released as a book over the weekend).

The events of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child take place 19 years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The story features a 37-year-old Harry who is now an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic and is the father of three kids.


When asked by Reuters if The Cursed Child actually ushered a new phase of stories featuring the boy wizard (now all grown up, of course), Rowling said:

“No, no. He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done. This is the next generation, you know. So, I'm thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now. (It) chimed perfectly with the material I had about the next generation and I could see it would work perfectly, so, I never wanted to write another novel, but this will give the fans something special.”

There you have it. Sure, it’s disappointing to know this may very well be the end of the line for Harry Potter, especially if you’re a huge fan of the series and the characters. Still, Rowling has changed her mind before, so perhaps all's not lost. At least we now have the wizarding world of Newt Scamander to explore when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them opens on Nov. 18, kicking off a brand-new trilogy of films.


(via Reuters)