J.K. Rowling announces new 'Harry Potter' play

Jun 26, 2015 12:17 PM by NBC News, Photo: Courtesy Warner Brothers

Fans of "Harry Potter" are set for a magical 2016 after J.K. Rowling announced that a new stage play featuring the boy wizard will open next year in London.

The Scottish author announced on Twitter that "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will tell an "untold part" of Potter's story, but insisted the play was "not a prequel."

It "is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself" she said, adding that she was "confident" that when audiences see the play they'll understand why she chose the stage instead of printed word to tell the story.

Fans were quick to react to the news on Twitter, with one saying they were "saving all of my money for the next twelve months so I can go to another continent to see a play."

Rowling's announcement came on the 18th anniversary of the U.K. publication of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone."

The author's seven "Harry Potter" novels have sold more than 450 million copies around the world, and spawned an eight-part film franchise that grossed more than $7 billion at the worldwide box office.


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