Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will bring its unique brand of magic to the West Coast.
After originating at London’s West End, the Tony-winning Harry Potter play continues to head westward following an acclaimed run in New York City. The show will arrive in California in 2019.
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Broadway’s two-part Harry Potter and the Cursed Child production is a fascinating beast. It brings with it most of its West End cast, acting as direct sequel to the books yet trading on the iconography of the film series, all while making its own unique mark on Harry Potter canon. Picking up from the originals’ “Seventeen Years Later” epilogue, it follows a new generation of characters – best friends Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, sons of bitter rivals Harry and Draco – across four years of their schooling in a matter of minutes, before diving back into time itself.
Time is central to The Cursed Child, both as a fictional construct as well as a force of nostalgia. The play’s relationship to an audience that grew up with these characters is paramount. However, the only “Easter eggs” it trades in are those that, through their exploration, lead to a more complex, more complete understanding of the characters as they enter their middle age. Each adult character – Ron, Hermione, Ginny, but especially Harry and Draco – carries the weight of their past adventures, both the guilt and the glory, in ways that impact their children.
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Former Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams has been a ride or die fan of Harry Potter for years, and now she’s officially joining the Wizarding World by playing a role in the next two Fantastic Beasts movies. We’ve known about her casting for months, but Williams and Fantastic Beasts creator J.K. Rowling announced her character’s name during a recent intermission of the Broadway play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Plus, in a separate interview, Rowling dismissed the idea of a sequel to that Broadway show, saying such a thing would be a “cynical move.” Learn more about both Potter-related stories below. Read More »
We’ve known for a while that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the award-winning two-part play that continues J.K. Rowling’s beloved story of The Boy Who Lived, would be coming to Broadway, but it was unclear whether the production would recast any of its key actors when it came to American shores. Now we know that many of the actors from the original West End production will reprise their roles when the show moves to New York City early next year. Read on to learn the whole Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Broadway cast.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been winning critical raves and packing the Palace Theatre in London since the summer of 2016, encouraging many fans of J.K. Rowling‘s boy wizard to make a journey to the United Kingdom to experience the stage-bound sequel to the beloved novels. But soon, we’ll have a second option: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is coming to Broadway next year.
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Posted on Thursday, December 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child debuted this summer to a glowing reception from Potterheads. But chances are you haven’t had a chance to enjoy it in its proper form yet. The play only opened in London’s West End, so unless you live in the area or were able to travel there, you had to make do with the published script and the power of your imagination.
But it looks like things are going to get a bit easier for Stateside Potterheads in the not-too-distant future. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is looking to hop on its broomstick and fly across the pond to New York, with plans to open in 2018. Get all the details on the Cursed Child Broadway debut below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Harry Potter books and film series may be over, but J.K. Rowling‘s Wizarding World continues to live on. There are the short stories and essays published on Pottermore. There is the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which explores this familiar universe in a different time and place. And then there is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the ambitious stage play sequel to the original series currently dominating the London theater scene that Warner Bros. says won’t get a film adaptation anytime soon (but go ahead and ask them again in ten years).
So when someone asks film series star, Daniel Radcliffe, if he’d be willing to reprise his role as Harry Potter for a new movie, it’s all theoretical. But let’s face it – chances are strong you’re curious about what he says. It’s okay. You’re only human, and a Muggle at that.
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Update: Warner Bros has released the following statement in response to these reports: “’Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is a stage play, with no plans for there to be a film.”
Back in July, Warner Bros. Pictures filed a trademark for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. This might not seem surprising since the film studio was the distributor of every single film in the Harry Potter franchise, as well as the upcoming spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. However, Warner Bros. has absolutely nothing to do with the stage production of the play in the United Kingdom, which was also just published as a book at the end of last month. So having them file a trademark for motion pictures, merchandise and more seemed rather unnecessary, unless of course they were actually planning to make a movie.
Now a new rumor seems to indicate that Warner Bros. Pictures would like to turn Harry Potter and the Cursed Child into a film trilogy that they hope to begin as early as 2020. In addition, they want to bring franchise star Daniel Radcliffe back in the lead role. Find out more about the proposed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child movie trilogy after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
We live in an age where pop culture never dies.
No one mourns the loss of a beloved show – they wait for Netflix or Amazon to rescue it. Beloved movies from decades past are granted sequels that double as soft reboots. If something does come to a definitive end, you can always count on the comic book series to fill in the narrative gaps, or the fan conventions that keep the spirit alive. Nearly 50 years ago, a letter-writing campaign saved Star Trek from cancellation after its second season. Today, it’s hard to imagine anything with a passionate following completely slipping through the cracks. It will find a way to live on, to endure. We don’t need to fight for what we love anymore, because everything finds a way of staging a return.
And the past year has seen the return of two of the most popular titles in recent pop culture history. Last December, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened to record-breaking box office. More recently, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened on the London stage, continuing the former boy wizard’s adventures in a new medium while fans snatched up millions of copies of the play itself. And while one of these is a space opera and the other a fantasy tale of magic, these projects have a great deal in common. They’re bound not by creators or parent companies or even the same audience, necessarily. They’re bound by similar intentions and goals and executions.
Most importantly, they both take the concept of a happy ending behind the shed and shoot it dead.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- New images from Bad Santa 2.
- Dwayne Johnson once again teases a prison brawl from Fast 8.
- John Cho discusses a deleted scene from Star Trek Beyond.
- Michael Jordan has another star in mind for Space Jam 2.
- And J.K. Rowling discusses the last Harry Potter adventure.
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