On July 31, Rowling will publish the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in print and ebook format, making the story accessible to everyone who can’t make it to the theatrical version in London’s West End.
Pottermore announced Wednesday that Rowling will publish a “special rehearsal edition” of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which takes place nine years after the seventh Harry Potter book, and stars a new cast of adult actors as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. The first edition comes out shortly after the play’s London premiere, and will later be updated with a “definitive collector’s edition.” (Like most new plays, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child may go through some minor changes during its preview period, before its official opening.)
I’m having a lot of feelings lately about the nostalgic Harry Potter fandom (The pre-tumblr days!).
Shoutout to all of the old, bizarre, theories that the Harry Potter fandom came up with (while the books were still coming out). The theories that were posted on message boards and were discussed with so much detail that we were all convinced that they were going to happen in the later books.
It’s 12:26 AM and I can’t remember them all but some of my favorites were:
• Ron was really a time-traveling, de-aged, Dumbledore.
• Crookshanks was an Animagus.
• Fred Weasley was going to turn out to be the evil twin.
• Petunia was a witch.
• I can’t remember the specifics but there were a lot of theories about what was going to happen to Ginny since Jo once mentioned that she was the seventh child of the seventh child. (Boy did that turn out to be anticlimactic.)
Her breath receded her; she would choke on air in her throat as she tried to inhale. She was overwhelmingly dizzy, as though she were on a rollercoaster ride. Muscles tensed, skin trembled, sweat glistened upon her pores. Her heart pumped the blood deafeningly in her ears and she hyperventilated, cornered like a deer trapped in the headlights.
Her cacophobia made her detest the way she looked, but she would never let anyone know that. Externally, she was as vain and narcissistic as a girl could be.
“Proving yet again why she’s your kid’s role model – and probably yours as well — J.K. Rowling Tuesday offered a perfect retort to a “Harry Potter” fan still uneasy with her acknowledgement that beloved wizard Dumbledore was gay.
It’s been eight years already since Rowling first verified Albus Dumbledore’s orientation to an audience of New York fans, responding to a question about the Hogwarts hero’s love life by stating unequivocally that “Dumbledore is gay” — and calling his doomed love for Gellert Grindelwald a “great tragedy.” But it still hasn’t quite sunk in for everybody.
Though her response was flip, it was a classic Rowling line, because it carried with it a far deeper message. And with it, she gave that reader who asked about Dumbledore an opportunity to learn something. That person may honestly not have understood that she already knows plenty of gay people. That she has gay teachers and gay friends and gay neighbors. Her assumption that Dumbledore somehow never seemed gay to her says that she assumes that gay people lead different lives from straight people, or that they’re narrowly identifiable.”
We collaborated with our champion Weasley sweaters illustrator, @steffilynnt, to bring you the never-before-seen business cards of some of our favorite Harry Potter characters. Click on for some REAL TREATS—from Hermione’s gmail to Voldemort’s striking similarities to Blair Waldorf.