J.K. Rowling Once Again Clears Up Cursed Child Confusion


J.K. Rowling took to Twitter once again this week to clear up the continuing fan confusion over Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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Blame the fact that after a five year drought of new Potter material, this year is seeing a virtual tidal wave. We have not one, but two, different full length stories coming out within six months of each other. Moreover, they are coming out in different formats. And, to make things even more difficult, they are set in different time periods in the Potterverse. Is it any wonder fans are confused?

This confusion has once again manifested itself on twitter this week, with the full cast announcement of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Many fans seem to think it’s a book that is about to be turned into a movie, instead of a stage play that’s having the rehearsal script published. And that’s not getting into the fact that it’s actually a five and a half hour stage play, that’s being presented as two full plays in rep, both of which are set “19 years later” from the original Harry Potter series: ie, a sequel.

Then add in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which is the first movie in a trilogy. This is set in 1926, nearly seventy years before Harry even learned he was a wizard. This is a prequel. Is it all that suprising that fans keep accidentally confusing which of the two stories is a prequel and which is a sequel? Is it any wonder they can’t remember which is a movie, and which is part of a trilogy?

Rowling keeps trying to keep things straight. But it doesn’t help when the RadioTimes misnames the play, which might cause fans to think there’s yet a third thing coming out.

Oh dear. The RadioTimes apologized, but fans were already set off.

(Do you ever get the feeling your fans are teasing you?)

This lead Rowling to pin the following tweet:

Is that clear?

Oh, one more thing!

Look, Jamie Parker, that one’s your own fault. You did just get nominated for a Olivier for Best Actor in a Musical for Guys and Dolls. It’s not that surprising people are double checking.

But just when you thought it was all clear….


And this is why there are outlets today running that it is big news that Rowling confirmed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which has been billed as a trilogy of movies from the first, and even has released dated staked out between now and 2020, has just been announced as a trilogy.

I hope that clears it up for all involved.