JK Rowling Crushes Fans’ Hopes For Ninth ‘Harry Potter’ Film

Instead of writing another “Harry Potter” book, J.K. Rowling chose to conceive the eighth “Harry Potter” story, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” as a play — which opens on July 30 in London’s West End.

In addition to the play, the “Cursed Child” script will be published and released worldwide on July 31 — a notable day to “Harry Potter” fans as being Potter and Rowling’s birthday. Since the script is being published, fans thought it would be easier for Warner Bros to make a movie out of it someday. Which is true, but Rowling says that won’t happen.

While they are currently no plans for a ninth (yes, ninth) “Harry Potter” movie, that doesn’t mean Warner Bros won’t consider making one in the future.

Right now, the studio is preoccupied with making the “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” trilogy, which begins with David Yates’ “Fantastic Beasts” movie this November. That trilogy won’t end until, at least, 2020, meaning we wouldn’t even see a “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” movie until 2022.

By then, it’s definitely possible to have the original “Harry Potter” cast return and play their older selves. It would have been 11 years since the last “Harry Potter” movie released, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” — perfect timing for a “Cursed Child” movie, which would take place 19 years after the events of “Deathly Hallows.”

Until that happens, which seems inevitable, you can enjoy the eighth “Harry Potter” book when it releases this July. And if you happen to find yourself in London, head over to the West End stage and check out the play in person!

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

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