“I genuinely didn’t want Harry to go onstage,” best-selling author J.K. Rowling said of her Harry Potter series. “I felt that I was done.”
“I’d say no to everyone for ten years because to answer your question equally directly,” she said to CBS correspondent Mark Phillips, “we all know I don’t need the money.”
But Rowling was persuaded to create Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two for London’s West End because it was an opportunity to collaborate with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. Thorne and Tiffany became her co-writers, and Tiffany also directed the five-hour, two-part epic. Nine Olivier Awards later, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two are set to arrive on Broadway in spring 2018 at the Lyric Theatre.
While the trio wasn’t willing to talk about the plot of the show or of its technical elements (or much of any stage details in accordance with their #KeeptheSecrets pact), the CBS Sunday Morning segment does include a couple of clips from the London production. Watch the video below for a glimpse.
Tiffany was willing to say this: “The first scene of our play is the last chapter of Deathly Hallows [the final book in the series]…Albus [Harry’s son] it’s suggested isn't going to have as easy a time, so it's all there for the taking.”
The play picks up 19 years after the eight-book series ended, and the script is available for purchase for those who want to read the play. The book version of Cursed Child was the fastest-selling book of the decade.
Cursed Child begins performances in March 2018 with an opening night set for April 22, 2018.
But as for more Harry Potter after Cursed Child, Rowling officially put her foot down. “Harry’s story now, I think I’m done,” she said. “I needed to be persuaded to do 19-years-on, and I’m really glad I was persuaded because I’m so proud of this play, but no, we’re not going to see Albus’ son go to Hogwarts, not on my watch.”