J.K. Rowling created such an expansive, complete world, readers will always beg to know more about it. Wizard society exists in every corner of the globe and throughout all periods of history (and occasionally overlaps with the muggle realm), so there's an infinite number of stories set in the Harry Potter universe that she could tell. And starting in 2016, we'll be able to experience one more. Rowling has announced that a Harry Potter play will be staged in London next year. Called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the production will expand on the boy wizard's early life.
The Cursed Child is being written by playwright Jack Thorne, though Rowling was involved in crafting the story. According to BBC.com, "Producers originally said the play would explore "the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favourite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard." On Twitter, however, Rowling was quick to caution that the play is "not a prequel." There's also some suggestion that the play may be a musical: according to USA Today, Imogen Heaps will supply music for the The Cursed Child (though we don't yet know if she'll write original songs).
The author timed her announcement to coincide with the 18th anniversary of Harry Potter's publication in the UK. The Cursed Child will premiere shortly before the newest film in the Potter franchise, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne. That movie will open Nov. 18, 2016.
Read all of Rowling's tweets about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child below: