Keeping the magic alive: Potter on stage

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harry potter1First, there were seven books. Then there were eight films. Then, the Hogwarts Library Collection, a spin-off movie, the Warner Bros Studio Tour, Quiddich tournaments, dedicated theme parks, clothes, merchandise and food. No franchise in history has been squeezed as much as Harry Potter, and 18 years on from the date the Philosophers’ Stone hit bookshelves, and we could perhaps finally begin to move forward in our lives, the woman behind it all proved that she is still holding the cards.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open at the West End’s Palace Theatre next summer, with tickets on sale from this autumn. The previously unheard story, expected to crash the box office, will show, in Rowling’s words, the “untold” part of Potter’s story, and that of his parents, whose lives we have so far only glimpsed in the pensive, but will not be a prequel.

Penned by Rowling in collaboration with Jack Thorne and BAFTA winner John Tiffany, who will also direct, the show will bring together a host  of theatre giants. Notable names to be found on the programme include producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, choreographer Steven Hoggett, set designer Christine Jones, costume designer Katrina Lindsay.

Although Rowling and the team are keeping all plot details under wraps, speculation is rife among fans and critics as to what magical story will unfold on the famous stage, which has seen the likes of Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables pass through its curtains.

Harry’s move from screen to stage has been anticipated for years, but the question on many lips is when will it be time to put the Potter pen down? The answer for some is a long time ago, but the answer for most is no time soon. As long as Harry’s devoted fans, old and young alike, continue to lap up each new twist in his tale, Rowling would be doing us a disservice by cutting the supply.

Words by Keri Trigg

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