The magical wizarding world of Harry Potter will never be put to rest, so raise your wands and enjoy a butter beer in celebration! Even though world-renowned author J.K. Rowling completed her seven book fantasy series almost 10 years ago, the saga of the wizard boy and his best friends is still more popular than ever. Eight successful films, new amusement parks, the promise of a new film trilogy starting with upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (starring Eddie Redmayne), and the new West End play (and book releasing July 31st, 2016 ) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is solid proof that Harry Potter has found a permanent home in our hearts.
"Harry Potter and The Cursed Child" (adapted by Jack Thorne) is a two part story that takes place 19 years after the ending of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows - Part 2 (2011) and follows Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Serverus Potter. With an all new stellar cast, Harry is now an overworked employee and a family man struggling with his past while his young son tries to hold the weight of a family legacy he never wanted on his shoulders. Eventually both father and son learn, "sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places."
The consensus so far is that J.K. Rowling and her collaborators done it again with Cursed Child, by impressing audiences with a heralded new chapter in the magnificent world that Rowling created. Although the play has been met with some mild backlash due to the casting of a black actress Noma Dumezweni to play the role of Hermione Granger, the lovely Emma Watson (the original Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films) has nothing but pure praise for the play on her Facebook page:
Thank you, Emma, for saying such kind, heartfelt words. Meanwhile, her co-star Daniel Radcliffe recently said he is leaving room to reprise his iconic role as Harry Potter at some point in the future - should such an opportunity present itself. Does this mean that Emma Watson would be willing to return as well? It's certainly a possibility, given that she remain active as a screen actor in the future (with her next major role being that of Belle in Walt Disney Pictures' live-action Beauty and the Beast musical next year).
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently previewing at The Palace Theatre in London before officially opening on July 30th. The book of the Cursed Child script will be released on July 31st. Meanwhile, J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World returns to the big screen with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18th, 2016.
Source: Emma Watson