In the midst of writing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (not a prequel!), JK Rowling has found time to pen the script for the adaptation of her Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The stage play will be two parts and set 19 years after the end of the original Harry Potter books.
Not a prequel. Not unearthly.
Magical. ✨ pic.twitter.com/rpx5yq5jvT
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 27, 2016
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open in the West End at London's Palace Theatre on July 30. The play will follow the struggles of Albus Severus Potter, who must come of age in the shadow of the famed Harry Potter.
A press release about the play reads:
“As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.”
On top of that wonderful news, Rowling just confirmed the Fantastic Beasts movies starring Eddie Redmayne will be the start of a new trilogy of films set in the Harry Potter universe.
The IMDb description reads:
“The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York's secret community of witches and wizards 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.”
Rowling broke the news on Twitter this past Tuesday (3/1/16) after a fan said how they would love to see the London stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, made into a movie.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 29, 2016
This news is on the heels of Rowling making the claim that presidential candidate Donald Trump is worse than the Dark Lord Voldemort, as well as revealing the meaning of Severus Snape's "Always" to Alan Rickman before his passing earlier this year.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is expected to apparate into a theater near you November 2016.