J.K. Rowling Asks Early Cursed Child Audiences To #KeepTheSecrets

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Credit: J.K. Rowling/YouTube

The advent of social media has been wonderful for fans. In real time, we can click and connect to not only fellow fans around the globe, but also to the cast and creatives behind our favourite TV shows, movies, books, music, stage productions etc. It’s never been so easy to get news and information immediately, as it happens. However, with that also come the many pitfalls of being a fan. Probably number one is attempting to avoid spoilers. After all, there’s only a certain amount of time you can cut yourself off for, right?! With the previews of the latest installment in the Harry Potter story kicking off tomorrow (June 7) in London’s West End, the series creator J.K. Rowling has made a public appeal to fans to #KeepTheSecrets.

In a special YouTube video and a series of tweets, Rowling has applauded fans for in the past not spoiling the enjoyment of the books for readers to come. Now she is asking early audiences to not spoil any of the play’s “surprises that [have been] built into the story,” asking the audience to “#KeepTheSecrets of #CursedChild.”

And though it may seem forever away, the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is going to be available for everyone to enjoy from Harry and Rowling’s birthday, July 31.

The play by Jack Thorne, based on an original story by Rowling, Thorne and John Tiffany, is set nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, and life for Harry is not that much easier. An overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children, he struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs. Meanwhile, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will officially open on Saturday, July 30 at the Palace Theatre in London.

Clare Sidoti
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