For a book series that was thought (despairingly) to be long concluded, Harry Potter sure seems to be roaring back to life. And I couldn’t be more excited about it.
Today we were treated with a cover from Entertainment Weekly that shows Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the author and “magizooligist” who wrote one of Harry’s Hogwarts school text books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. (This is where I admit that while I have re-read the main series many times, I have never read any of the extra books. But I’m on it.) Included are a few stills taken during the shoot , and they show wonderful period costumes and sets straight out of America in 1920. Yes, brothers and sisters, we will finally find out about witches and wizards in the good ol’ USA!
Though she won’t say anything other than “it’s not in New York,” Ms. Rowling has stated that there will be immigrant and native influences as to name and locale. TBH, I am having a hard time picturing the school anywhere other than a place that can have four real seasons, but maybe that’s just me. For obvious reasons, I imagine it probably won’t be in the Northwest/Forks, WA area. Having recently visited New Orleans, I think that would be a fabulous place to have a school, what with the old-world feel and voodoo and magical influences. But if we’re thinking that somewhere more rural is the thing, then how about West Virginia, the UP in Michigan, The Ozarks, or Pecos, NM? And though this isn’t rural, we have to give a nod to our ancestors and point out that Salem, MA is a natural choice.
The next super-cool bit of news is that Ms. Rowling has written a story for a two-part play that will be performed starting this summer in London. Called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it takes place when Harry is an adult, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts (around the time of the epilogue in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), and it involves him and his youngest son, Albus. An article was posted about it on the Harry Potter-world website, Pottermore (and everywhere else on the web) if you haven’t heard about it. I’ll warn those of you who want to go to see the play: I just looked today, and tickets are already selling out quickly – and it doesn’t even start until late summer 2016! The good news is if you are wanting to attend the play whilst vacationing in Old Blighty and tickets are already sold out, find a wee bit of comfort in the fact that there will be a certain number of tickets that go on sale the day of each performance.
The last bit of news (and the best, IMHO)? Yes, our esteemed author is now working on her first book for children (probably a series!) since penning the last Potter novel. Considering her latest adult novel has just been published, it seems like as good a time as any to get cracking on the as-yet-unnamed series. Her latest book, written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is her/his latest story featuring the detective Cormoran Strike and called Career of Evil. It was released on October 20th.
Enjoy her latest interview on NPR’s Morning Edition with David Greene:
We here at Ink and Page heartily, fully and completely support any and all of these endeavors, with the caveat being that Ms. Rowling’s involvement is a must.