By Allison Kamel
July 15, 2011, marked the end of an era. Harry Potter fans everywhere mourned the end of the series as the credits of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 rolled across movie theater screens. After 14 years of book and movie releases, Harry Potter-themed conferences and fan work of all kinds, there was no new Potter to look forward to.
The fans tried to keep the story alive through music, art, fanfiction and Pottermore since that final midnight release. But as the years pass, the community shrinks. Wizard Rock bands stopped touring, Harry Potter-themed conferences became general nerd-themed conferences and podcasts were no longer posted. It hasn’t been the same since the late 2000s peak of the Harry Potter fandom–until October 2015.
Suddenly the series was not over. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — a play featuring Harry’s son-was announced. Albus Severus Potter’s story would pick up where the epilogue of Deathly Hallows left off, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. It will feature Harry’s struggle as the father of three children — James Sirius, Albus Severus and Lily Luna — and an employee at the Ministry of Magic, as well as Albus’ attempt to have a normal life while dealing with his family legacy. In the epilogue, Harry is married to Ginny Weasley. However, she has not been mentioned in any description of the play, nor has the casting of her character been announced yet. This leaves quite a few questions for the fans regarding Ginny’s role in Harry’s life.
The play is to open in London on July 30, 2016. Every Harry Potter fan wished they lived in London or could afford to fly there to see a play. They couldn’t possibly miss this opportunity to see the next installment of Harry’s life.
Those that were able to afford tickets queued for hours online the morning of October 28, 2015. There were only a limited amount of tickets available for purchase that day and they were highly coveted items. Twitter was full of fans complaining about waking up early and stressing over the possibility of not getting tickets. 175,000 tickets were sold within the first 24 hours of sales.
On February 10, everything changed again. It was announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be published. The screenplay will be in bookstores everywhere on July 31. This first edition will be the rehearsal edition, publishing the screenplay used in previews. A collector’s edition will be printed in the future, featuring the finalized screenplay of Cursed Child.
For the first time since 2011, Harry Potter fans have a midnight release party to look forward to. It wasn’t the end of an era afterall.