Despite the fact that the final HARRY POTTER book was published nearly ten years ago, and that the last film was released five years ago, the Wizarding World appears to be alive and well. Author J.K. Rowling has, as of this point, kept her word in not penning another POTTER book, as she felt that his tale was over, but that didn't keep her from allowing the two-part play HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD to go forward in full force.
The story takes place nineteen years after the defeat of Lord Voldemort, and while many fans hoped that this acclaimed return of Harry would open the floodgates to more books, that doesn't appear to be the case. In an interview with Radio Times, Rowling said the following regarding the future of the character:
“[Harry] 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.“
While this sounds like a definitive exit for the author, we do have to keep a few things in mind. First if the fact that she said "Harry's" story was over. She makes references to the "next generation," so there's a distinct possibility we could be following them next, if she wanted to continue things. Second, she said "Harry is done now." Rowling has never been one to shut any potential doors completely, and in her statement, she states he is done "now." Who knows? Maybe in another ten years, she'll want to revisit the character and his struggles. Lastly, we know for a fact that this isn't the last time we'll be visiting the Wizarding World. Let's be real, as great as Harry is, the true beauty of those books is the vibrant world Rowling created. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, the next film set in this world, is set to hit theaters this November, and it may be a force in and of itself. Rowling served as scribe for that film, and what's more, she's reportedly PENNED THE SCRIPT FOR THE SECOND FILM as well.
So while HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD may be the end of Harry's journey for now, I have no doubt that fans will have plenty to whet their appetites on in the near future. Don't worry, folks. This world ain't going anywhere.
What do you think? Is Rowling really done with Harry's story for now, or is it only a matter of time before she writes another book for him? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM hits theaters on November 18, 2016.