11:18 am EDT, April 24, 2018

J.K. Rowling explains why Harry Potter 9 will never happen

“The Eighth Story” is probably the last story in Harry Potter’s timeline, meaning that Harry Potter 9 won’t be happening.

Speaking at the Broadway opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Sunday, J.K. Rowling said she doesn’t expect to continue moving the story “forward” by creating a Harry Potter Book 9. The events in The Cursed Child penned by her, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany are as far as she ever envisioned the series going, she says.

“I think we really have now told, in terms of moving the story forward, the story that I, in the back of my mind, wanted to tell,” she said. “I think it’s quite obvious, in the seventh book, in the epilogue, that Albus is the character I’m most interested in. And I think we’ve done the story justice. So I think pushing it on to Harry’s grandchildren really would be quite a cynical move, and I’m not interested in doing that.”

The Cursed Child picks up virtually right where the Epilogue in 2007’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows left off, with Albus Severus Potter and his soon-to-be friends heading off to Hogwarts. The story quickly jumps ahead a few years to a point where Albus and his lover friend Scorpius cause some serious trouble.

Harry Potter Book 9

Rowling made the comments to Variety, and in the same report it’s revealed that the author has seen the show a whopping 16 times. Assuming she means Parts 1 and 2, that means she’s spent 80 hours watching her baby on stage.

Even though the author isn’t writing a Harry Potter 9, she’s still deeply entrenched in the Wizarding World. This November fans will get to see the Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Three more movies are in the pipeline, with the threequel expected to arrive in November 2020.

In between performances on Sunday, Rowling revealed the character her friend Jessica Williams will be playing in Grindelwald and beyond: An Ilvermorny professor!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opened on Broadway this past Sunday, with performances occurring now through the end of time. It opened on London’s West End in the summer of 2016.

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