Pottermania

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Can an author who has  created a literary character that has captured the imagination of readers around the world leave that character behind? J.K. Rowling, among other authors, has faced that problem. Rowling has always said that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” would be the last book in the series.  She has gone on to write four adult novels, but can she put Harry to rest?

It seems not.  She continues to keep Harry and company alive on her Pottermore website and Twitter site.  And now comes “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” a play in two full-length parts that begins previews in London on June 7 and opens on July 30.  It is being billed as the 8th story in the series.

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The play’s script was written by Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the director. It is set 19 years after “Deathly Hallows.”  Harry is married to Ginny Weasley and  works for the Ministry of Magic.  They have three children.  The play focuses on their middle child, Albus Severus, who is struggling with his family’s history.

Performances for the first-part are sold out through May 2017.  Some tickets are being scalped for as much as 4,000 pounds ($5,800).  The play’s script is No. 1 on the Amazon best seller list, despite the fact that it won’t be published until July 31.

In addition, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” a movie based on her book of the same title will be released next fall.  The movie is both a spinoff and a kind of prequel.  It stars Eddie Redmayne and is expected to be the first of a trilogy.

So, Potter fans there does seem to be more to come in the magical world of Harry Potter.

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