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Harry Potter Has Cast Last Spell — J.K. Rowling

People stand outside The Palace Theatre where the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child play is being staged, in London, Britain July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

People stand outside The Palace Theatre where the Harry Potter and The Cursed Child play is being staged, in London, Britain July 29, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

By Alexander Smith
July 30, 2016

LONDON (Reuters) – Harry Potter has cast his last spell, his creator J.K. Rowling said at the gala opening of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in London’s West End theatre district on Saturday.

Asked whether the stage production, and the publication of its script, which is being billed as the eighth in the Harry Potter series, heralds a new phase of stories, Rowling said:

“No. No. He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done. This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realised so beautifully but, No, Harry is done now.”

The British writer said it was not a difficult decision to put her Potter creation onstage thanks to producer Sonia Friedman’s vision for the show.

Author J.K. Rowling speaks to media as she arrives at a gala performance of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts One and Two, in London, Britain July 30, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Author J.K. Rowling speaks to media as she arrives at a gala performance of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child parts One and Two, in London, Britain July 30, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

“(It) chimed perfectly with the material I had about the next generation and I could see it would work perfectly. So, I never wanted to write another novel, but this will give the fans something special.”

Young Harry Potter enthusiasts from around the world queued outside the ornate Palace Theatre for a glimpse of Rowling and the cast of the production.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, a script rather than a narrative novel, is set 19 years after “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and is being published at midnight on July 31.

Based on an idea by the British author and Potter creator, the play and book feature a grown-up Potter as an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic and father of three children who is grappling with his past.

The play, which is sold out through May 2017, opens ahead of the November movie version of Rowling’s Potter spinoff book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” and follows the opening in April of a second Harry Potter attraction within a theme park, this time at Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

Copyright Reuters 2016

(Writing by Alexander Smith; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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Brian Brennan on Richard Harris, of Camelot and Hogwarts

Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 2001. Promotional photo via Flickr

Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 2001. Promotional photo via Flickr

Richard Harris was off the booze and missing it when he starred as King Arthur in a touring production of Camelot. He told Arts columnist Brian Brennan that going back to his native Ireland and not having a drink was like “going to church and not saying a prayer.” An excerpt of Brennan’s new Brief Encounters column: From King Arthur to Dumbledore: Richard Harris

There was no booze in the star’s dressing room when Richard Harris came to Canada to star as the the once and future King Arthur in a touring production of Camelot. The one-time roaring boy from Limerick, Ireland – former drinking buddy of Peter O’Toole, Richard Burton and Dylan Thomas – told me he hadn’t touched a drink in more than four years.

“It makes my life extremely boring and probably very dull,” he said. The cultured singsong accent still betrayed Harris’s Irish upbringing. “I can’t even drink a thimbleful of wine nowadays. I’d go into shock because of the sugar in it.”

He suffered from hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), a condition that in severe cases caused the sufferer to lapse into a coma. Harris still remembered the day, even the hour, when the condition forced him to quit drinking. …  log in to read From King Arthur to Dumbledore: Richard Harris (paywall*).

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