JK Rowling Says 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' May Be Last Work to Feature Harry

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child might be the eponymous wizard's last huzzah, according to franchise creator J.K. Rowling.

Speaking at London's Palace Theatre on the launch day of the two-part play, the latest addition to the Harry Potter franchise, Rowling told reporters Potter "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," Rowling added. "So I never wanted to write another novel, but this will give the fans something special."

As Gizmodo's Beth Eiderkin points out, it's not the first time Rowling has said the Potter story will be coming to a close, and Rowling may simply mean the torch is passing to stories centered around Harry's son, Albus Severus Potter.

The play, which went on sale in book format on Sunday as well, has a storyline written in collaboration between Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, according to the New York Times.

"We can tell the story of the younger and the older generation at the same time, which the books didn't do," Thorne told the Times. "The exciting thing has been working out how those worlds fit together. It's a coming-of-age story as much for the adults as for the children."

Read more:
• This Depressing 'Harry Potter' Theory Explains Why Harry Had So Few Hogwarts Classmates
• 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' Unveils First Look at Black Hermione, Sorry Haters
• This 'Harry Potter' Tattoo Is Going Viral — But It May Come at a Dangerous Cost

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