If there’s one spell that J.K. Rowling and Hollywood are best at, it’s an extension charm.
Following the near-$25 billion dollar success of the Harry Potter franchise to date, fans are used to waiting eagerly through the years for the next novel, the newest movie, and even now, the first play.
Yet as the premiere date for the latest film from the HP universe was nearly in our grasp (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will hit theaters on November 18 of this year), J.K. Rowling dropped a huge bomb.
Looks like there’s a lot more waiting in store.
Nine years after the final book and five years after the last movie, new material from the magical world of Harry Potter is finally returning to fans faster than we can say “Quidditch.”
Not a prequel. Not unearthly.
Magical. ✨ pic.twitter.com/rpx5yq5jvT
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 27, 2016
Foremost among the new Harry Potter material is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play set to debut on London’s West End on July 30, 2016. Set 19 years after the events of the final book, the plays are set to follow the story of Harry and Ginny’s youngest son, Albus Severus Potter.
For the non-theatre-inclined–or for those of us who can’t simply hop over the pond to London to see the plays–even more exciting is the notion of the upcoming Harry Potter “prequel” movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
Starring Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne in the role of Newt Scamander, the upcoming film is an adaptation of of Rowling’s 2001 book of the same name. While disconnected from the Harry Potter storyline we’re all familiar with, the chance to return to the magical world fans have come to know and love is a temptation unlike any other. There’s just one thing you should know before thinking Hollywood was about to hand you a single, clean-cut, standalone film…