The theater production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling’s latest piece of the Potter universe, known to be “not a prequel,” will now be revealed in two parts.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 24, 2015
J.K. Rowling took to her Twitter to make that huge announcement. While it is customary for a play to be broken into acts, with an intermission in between, what will it mean for this to be performed in two separate parts, presumably on two separate dates? Will this be much like a two-part movie for a single book? It brings up the question of how much content Rowling is writing for this “not-a-sequel” production. Maybe she should just write another book.
Around the same time as Rowling’s announcement, Pottermore tweeted an article containing more information regarding the update along with an interview with the show’s writer and director; this makes sense considering Pottermore’s recent revamp and re-purposing. “Like you, we had so many questions and luckily for us, the play’s director John Tiffany and its writer Jack Thorne were on hand to answer some of them,” Pottermore wrote.
Thorne discusses his excitement for the project to be bigger, and mentions his love of the Harry Potter books.
“Obviously I loved it when we decided to tell this story in two parts…because I got to spend more time with the characters and what an honour that has been,” he said.
This play “shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts,” said Tiffany, who agrees with Thorne’s enthusiasm. Pottermore will continue to release news regarding the play and its progress as it makes its way to London’s West End next summer.