Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has officially opened in New York. (Read our review!) The sequel play is set 19 years following the main events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsand tells the story of a middle-aged Harry, as well as the story of his middle son, Albus, and Albus’ best friend, Scorpius Malfoy (aka our new favorite Harry Potter character).
The play is definitely a nostalgic one, interested in reflecting back on Harry’s post both pre-Hogwarts and during the war against the Dark Lord, but it also introduces a whole new generation of Harry Potter characters to fall in love with (we particularly loved Scorpius Malfoy). Will we get to go on more adventures with Harry, Ron, Hermione, Albus, and Ron, or is this the end of the (canon) story for Harry Potter?
Speaking at The Cursed Child’sofficial opening in London in 2016, J.K. Rowling suggested this would be Harry Potter’s final installment, saying:
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.
Rowling doubled down on that sentiment in 2017, with this tweet…
Of course, such declarations should be taken with a grain of salt. Rowling initially didn’t plan on continuing on after The Deathly Hallows,and then we got the gift that is The Cursed Child, so you never know. Rowling is allowed to change her mind.
Whatever happens, we will always have these seven books and sequel play, which is pretty cool and more than most narrative universes get. Plus, as both the Harry Potterbooks and The Cursed Childinsist: “The ones who loves us never really leave us.” We will always have the world of Harry Potter to return to, even if this truly is the end of the story. (Besides, we’re pulling for one of these Harry Potter spinoff movies, anyway…)
And, if you’re still sad about the apparent ending of Harry Potter canon, let me leave you with this interview of Rowling conducted just after she finished The Deathly Hallows.In it (at around the 32-minute mark), Rowling is asked if this is the end of the Harry Potter story. Check out her answer…