J.K. Rowling and her Cursed Child team sat down with CBS Sunday Morning to discuss the show’s upcoming Broadway run.
The interview took place at The Cursed Child‘s West End theater in London, and a transcript of the full interview was posted on CBS’ website. In it, Rowling offered a couple interesting tidbits about how she developed the plot points with co-creators Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. She also made significant remarks concerning her relationship with fandom. You can watch the full televised segment below, or continue scrolling for a couple transcript highlights.
On giving Harry Potter fans what they’re still asking for:
J.K. ROWLING: Well, I know I’m never gonna pander. I know, genuinely, I know full well, I have limited time left on this Earth. I have no interest whatsoever in doing certain things that I know would be very popular with the fandom. And I think the fandom watching this will know exactly what I mean, ’cause they know what they keep asking me for. But there’s nothing there for me creatively, even though I know they’d all buy it.
MARK PHILLIPS: Can I ask what —
J.K. ROWLING: I’m not even gonna go there.
MARK PHILLIPS: — are they asking for? Come on.
J.K. ROWLING: I’m not going there. I’m not going there. No. I’m not saying that. Because my Twitter feed will be a place of hell for three months if I say it, so I’m not gonna say it. But there are certain things that I know I could write, and just, we’d sell millions. It has to excite me, and it doesn’t excite me. So yes. Do I care? Yes, passionately, and no, because ultimately I’ve gotta do what feeds me.
It’s anyone’s guess what requests she’s specifically referring to. Marauders-related content? The Encyclopedia?
She also addressed how the plot points of The Cursed Child came to be. Were all of those ideas hers (things like Voldemort/Bellatrix)? She said she, Thorne, and Tiffany developed them as a team, but she had final say and would check her gut to make sure they all felt right:
J.K. ROWLING: The developing the story, I think, was very collaborative between the three of us. I, for obvious reasons, had power of veto over everything. I could say, “No, that didn’t happen.” But no, it was the three of us. But the play is Jack’s play. Jack did the writing. Jack did the heavy lifting. And he did it beautifully. And I couldn’t be happier.
MARK PHILLIPS: But you retained power, just as you did in the movies, power of veto just because you feel you still own the Potter character.
J.K. ROWLING: It wasn’t really a question of ownership. I know this is gonna sound very bizarre. I know it’s right when I have a sensation of, “Oh yeah, of course, that happened.” And that when the three of us were kicking that around, one of these guys would say, “Well, how about–” and I’d have that feeling, “Oh yeah, of course, that’s what happened.” I just knew.
And sometimes it would be me saying, “I think this happened.” And unsurprisingly with my own ideas, I definitely thought they were probably what happened. But often, we would be sitting there and trying to finesse something, and one of these guys would say, and I would know, “Yeah, that’s how it happened.” It felt like excavation, which is how I know that I’m on the right track, when I feel that I am actually uncovering a story that’s already there.
You can read the full transcript right here. Most of it is about how amazing the experience was.