It looks like the Boy Who Lived is finally dead — kind of.
During a press event for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” author J.K Rowling confirmed that this novel and two-part play marks the end of the “Harry Potter” franchise for good.
“He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know,” Rowling tells Reuters. “So, I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”
Before you pull out your tissues, let’s remember that this is not the first time she’s given the “final word” on Harry and his cohorts. After releasing “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the seventh and final book in the original series, Rowling made similar statements that she’d never write another Potter novel.
Lo and behold, barely any time passed at all before we received “The Tales of Beedle the Bard,” and hidden Potter snippets on Pottermore.com
Now, we’ve got a novelization of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which most fans are considering a canon continuation of their beloved Potter books.
When you look at it like that, Rowling might be saying “finite incantatem” on the wizarding world for now, but there can — and probably will — be exceptions to the rule in years to come.
Personally, we’re hoping that she’ll find her perfect loophole by finally delivering a book series about the Marauders — James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew — and all their cohorts during their years at Hogwarts.
A small series — four books, pretty please? — detailing how the Marauders met, became animagi and developed bitter rivalries and love stories of their own at Hogwarts during the rise of Voldemort sounds like a real kick in the pants, doesn’t it? On top of being one of the most common requests from “Harry Potter” fans, it has the added bonus of not technically being a story about Harry at all.
We see what you did there, J.K.
If a Marauders series is in fact coming down the pipeline, however, chances are we’ll have to wait a while for it. Rowling will surely need some time to decompress from the craze surrounding “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” and soon enough the world will turn its eyes on the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” film trilogy.