Harry Potter and the Cursed Child officially opened at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre with a red carpet gala on Saturday 23rd February.  The cast, director John Tiffany, writer Jack Thorne, and producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender were all on the red carpet to welcome Australian fans to the show. 

J.K. Rowling couldn’t attend, but sent the production a note saying: ‘Thank you to the cast and creative team who’ve done such a magnificent job.  If I could apparate I’d be there.  My heart’s in Oz tonight!’

Sonia Friedman, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and Colin Callender

The multi-award-winning theatrical event is exclusive to Melbourne in Australia and is currently booking at the newly renovated Princess Theatre until December 2019.  

This is the third continent that the eighth story is opening to, as it continues to entertain and delight audiences in London and New York.  The show received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End, and opened at the Lyric Theatre on Broadway in April 2018.  It will open in San Francisco in 2019 and in Hamburg 2020, which will be the first non-English language production of the Cursed Child.

For the latest news and information about Cursed Child in Melbourne, head over to the Cursed Child website or www.pottermore.com.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the second film in the five-film series, officially opened in cinemas today, after its magical, global premiere in Paris on Thursday, 8th November.

The film features an ensemble cast that includes Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.

Set in 1927, a few months after Newt Scamander helped to unveil and capture the infamous Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and moving from New York to London and on to Paris, this story of mystery and magic reveals an extraordinary new chapter in the wizarding world. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family.

The original screenplay of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald also publishes today in line with the release of the film.

The producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have announced two further locations for the award-winning show.

From the West End to the West Coast, the next US production of Cursed Child will begin in Autumn 2019 at the Curran in San Francisco, California. Built in 1922, the Curran has housed some of the biggest productions in theatre history and is one of the leading live entertainment venues in North America.

Producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said, “The beautiful and historic Curran in San Francisco is the perfect theatre for the next North American company of Cursed Child. We are delighted that ATG and Carole Shorenstein Hays have worked their magic to provide the ideal West Coast home for the production.”

And what’s more, today saw the announcement of the first non-English version of the play, with the Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in Hamburg set to host its German premiere from the spring of 2020. In preparation for this, the venue will undergo an extensive redesign starting in May 2019.

Friedman and Callender added, “We know Harry Potter has millions of German speaking fans and so we’re very proud that we are able to bring our beautiful production to Germany. The Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt in Hamburg is a unique space, and we’re delighted and grateful to have the opportunity to design and create a perfect, bespoke new home for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Germany.”

Information on performance dates, tickets, casting and all further details for both productions will be announced in the coming months. Visit www.HarryPotterThePlay.com  to sign up for the mailing list to stay up to date with the latest news and updates on Cursed Child around the world.

Original London Cast

Wizarding World fans in Australia have lots to look forward to, as the producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have announced that tickets for the upcoming Melbourne production will go on sale at on 6th August. Fans who sign up to the mailing list by 29th July will receive priority booking access before tickets go on general sale the following week. It was also confirmed today that preview performances at the Princess Theatre will begin on Wednesday January 16th 2019.

With all this news, producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said “We’re so thrilled that Melbourne is Cursed Child’s next home and can’t wait to move into the gorgeous Princess Theatre soon. Our design team have been working closely with the Princess to renovate and redesign parts of the theatre – to not only make it more comfortable for audiences but add an additional touch of magic to the beautiful landmark. We look forward to sharing more production news over the coming months.”

Stay tuned for more updates on Cursed Child in Melbourne https://www.harrypottertheplay.com/au/

The Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has received an extraordinary 6 accolades at this year’s Tony Awards, including the award for Best Play.

Director John Tiffany collected the Tony for Best Direction of a Play, and further honours went to Best Scenic Design (Christine Jones), Best Costume Design (Katrina Lindsay), Best Lighting (Neil Austin) and Best Sound Design (Gareth Fry).

Since opening in April this year, Cursed Child became the most nominated Broadway play this season, and is now the most awarded show, having been honoured with, among others, six wins at the Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Broadway Play, and 5 Drama Desk Awards.

For more on Cursed Child on Broadway, visit the official website

 

Following the exhibition’s sellout run at The British Library in London, tickets go on sale today for Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the New-York Historical Society, which will host the exhibition from October 5 this year until January 27, 2019.

Capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories, the exhibition features centuries-old treasures, including rare books, manuscripts, and magical objects from the collections of The British Library, the New-York Historical Society, and other museums, as well as original material from US publisher Scholastic and J.K. Rowling’s own archives.

Excitingly, the New York exhibition will display many new artefacts for the first time, and beginning today, tickets for trivia programs and a series of family events associated with the exhibition will also be available.

September 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the US publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and publishers Scholastic kicked off their year-long celebration at the beginning of this year.

To find out more about Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the New-York Historical Society, visit www.harrypotter.nyhistory.org

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has officially opened on Broadway, at the newly refurbished Lyric Theatre, after its magical opening gala performance on Sunday, April 22nd.

The New York Post reported that ‘Broadway’s never seen anything like it!’, with the New York Times declaring that the play in two parts “…raises the bar for Broadway magic. A remarkable production of all-consuming enchantment.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The critically acclaimed production received its world premiere in July 2016 at the Palace Theatre in London where it continues to play to sold out houses.

On Monday 23rd April, a new release of tickets for the Broadway production were made available, for performances up until March 2019. For the latest news and information about Cursed Child on Broadway, head over to the Cursed Child website or www.pottermore.com

With exactly one year to go until the next Fantastic Beasts film is released in cinemas, Warner Bros. has revealed the film’s title: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, alongside a sumptuous ensemble photo of key cast members.  Featuring the first look at Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore, as well as other new and returning central characters, you can head over to Pottermore for a closer look at each of the characters in the photo.

David Yates returns to direct Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which is out in cinemas on 16 November 2018.

 

Newt Scamander’s Hogwarts Library classic Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been brought to life with stunning illustrations by award winning artist Olivia Lomenech Gill. The colourful new edition is now published by Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the US

The award-winning artist has reimagined every beast in the textbook with a variety of different techniques, such as charcoal sketches and watercolours. You can see Olivia in action here.

Proceeds from the sale of these books will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international children’s charity Lumos, which both help some of the world’s most vulnerable young people to have better lives.

To find out more and read an exclusive interview with artist Olivia Lomenech Gill, head over to Pottermore.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic opens today at the British Library in London. Based on the school subjects studied by Hogwarts students, the exhibition combines centuries-old British Library treasures, including some of the oldest items in the Library’s collection, with original material from publisher Bloomsbury and J.K. Rowling’s own archives, going on display for the first time.

From today, visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to take in items such as the Ripley Scroll – a alchemical manuscript that describes in 6 metres of detail how to make the Philosopher’s Stone, from the 1500s, as well the tombstone of the real Nicolas Flamel, among many more.

Julian Harrison, the exhibition’s lead curator, said:

“We’re thrilled to welcome visitors and Harry Potter fans alike to Harry Potter: A History of Magic. We’ve loved discovering the magical traditions that lie behind the Harry Potter books, and we’ve encountered so many amazing artefacts along the way.

“The exhibition takes visitors on a fascinating journey through the history of magic – from mermaids to crystal balls, from broomsticks to garden gnomes! It’s been enormous fun choosing the exhibits.”

Today also sees a regional roll-out of a panel based version of the exhibition at 20 public libraries around the country, shining a light on each one’s local connections to magic and folklore, so people around the country can experience the exhibition too.

The British Library announced yesterday that its Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition will be travelling to a new home at the New-York Historical Society, where it will open in October 2018.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic will unveil rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Library’s collection, capturing the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Exploring the subjects studied at Hogwarts, the exhibition will include original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter illustrator Jim Kay – all on display for the first time.

And as it travels from London to New York, the exhibition will evolve to include US-specific artefacts and items from the collection of US Harry Potter publisher Scholastic.

‘We are so excited to be taking a major exhibition on tour to New York for the very first time,’ says the British Library. ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic promises to be a stunning exhibition capturing the traditions of folklore and magic across the world, which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. We’re delighted to be able to share this exhibition with fans across the pond following its run here in London, especially as we have the opportunity to develop the exhibition for a US audience in collaboration with US publisher Scholastic.’

Pottermore revealed on 5th September that the 2015 illustrated print edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, featuring magnificent illustrations by award-winning artist Jim Kay, is now available as a Kindle in Motion eBook. Featuring never-before-seen animations, this is the first time that Jim Kay’s Harry Potter illustrations are available in a digital format.

The Kindle in Motion edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone can be read on any device with the Kindle app.

You can see Jim Kay’s beautiful illustrations brought to life, on pottermore.com. With moving portraits of Albus Dumbledore, flying snitches and fluttering keys this really is magic in motion.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will have its Broadway premiere in the Spring of 2018 at the redesigned Lyric Theatre in New York. And we now know that seven actors from the award-winning original West End company will be reprising their roles from the London stage.

Jamie Parker will bring his Harry Potter to Broadway, while Noma Dumezweni returns as Hermione Granger and Paul Thornley reprises the role of Ron Weasley. Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy) will join them in New York to bring their characters to a new audience. The production also announced today 28 new actors joining the cast.

“We have assembled an extraordinary cast for Broadway,” said director John Tiffany. “Our Cursed Child family is growing with 28 brilliant new actors bringing their unique talents to our production. I also can’t wait to dive back into it with seven of our original London cast members reprising their thrilling performances for New York audiences. The adventure continues…”

Tickets will go on sale on 12 October 2017 through registration only, and ticket buyers must register with Ticketmaster Verified Fan between 1 and 5 October 2017 to have the chance to purchase tickets.

Further details will be released soon. Visit www.HarryPotterThePlay.com to sign up for the mailing list to stay up to date with the latest news and updates.

Harry Potter UK publisher, Bloomsbury and the British Library are creating two magic-filled books to accompany this autumn’s exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the library in London, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Both books will publish in the UK on 20th October 2017- the day that the exhibition opens its doors to visitors in London.

Harry Potter: A History of Magic will be the official book of the British Library’s exhibition.

A collaboration between Bloomsbury and the brilliant curators of the British Library, the book promises to take readers on a fascinating journey through the subjects studied at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – from Alchemy and Potions classes through to Herbology and Care of Magical Creatures.

Each chapter showcases a treasure trove of artefacts from the British Library and other collections around the world, beside exclusive manuscripts, sketches and illustrations from the Harry Potter archive. There’s also a specially commissioned essay for each subject area by an expert, writer or cultural commentator, inspired by the contents of the exhibition including Steve Backshall, the Reverend Richard Coles, Owen Davies, Julia Eccleshare, Roger Highfield, Steve Kloves, Lucy Mangan, Anna Pavord and Tim Peake, who offer a personal perspective on their magical theme.

Readers will be able to pore over ancient spell books, amazing illuminated scrolls that reveal the secret of the Elixir of Life, vials of dragon’s blood, mandrake roots, painted centaurs and a genuine witch’s broomstick, in a book that shows J.K. Rowling’s magical inventions alongside their cultural and historical forebears.

Another book, Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic will showcase selected items from the exhibition, aimed at a family audience. It too explores the subjects studied at Hogwarts, and will contain spellbinding facts and information behind the real history of magic, alongside activities inspired by these subjects, creating a rich and rewarding book for families to enjoy for years to come.

Pottermore, the global digital publisher of Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, will simultaneously publish eBook versions of both books. The eBook edition of Harry Potter: A History of Magic also features enhancements allowing readers to navigate the contents of the exhibits in a variety of exciting and innovative ways.

Publishers Bloomsbury and Scholastic on Monday revealed two striking covers for the fully-illustrated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which hits bookshops later this year.

Award-winning fine artist Olivia Lomenech-Gill, who has previously won the English Association Picture Book Award, has lent her skill to this new edition, which publishes on 7th November. Bloomsbury’s jacket features the Occamy while a Griffin appears on Scholastic’s. For more exclusive images of the beautifully illustrated beasts, head over to Pottermore.com

Proceeds from the sale of these books will go to Comic Relief and J.K. Rowling’s own international children’s charity Lumos, which both help some of the world’s most vulnerable young people to have better lives.

Principal photography starts today on an all new adventure set in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, the second in a five-film series that began with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  The as-yet-untitled film opens in 1927, a few months after Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander helped to unveil and capture Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.  J.K. Rowling has written the screenplay and David Yates returns to direct.

Nods to the Harry Potter stories are promised, and the film is set to take fans to new corners of the wizarding world, it was revealed today, moving from New York to London and on to Paris.

The new adventure is being filmed at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, which has been the cinematic home of the Wizarding World since the first Harry Potter film.

For more Fantastic Beasts news, head over to Pottermore

20 years after it was first published in the UK in 1997, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is to be translated into its 80th language – Scots!

Publisher Itchy Coo today announced that you will soon be able to read the Scots version of the first Harry Potter book, which will be published under the title Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stane in October 2017

Matthew Fitt is the translator of this exciting new edition of the story. Here’s a first look at the Scots translation:

Mr and Mrs Dursley, o nummer fower, Privet Loan, were prood tae say that they were gey normal, thank ye awfie muckle. They were the lest fowk ye wid jalouse wid be taigled up wi onythin unco or ferlie, because they jist widnae hae onythin tae dae wi joukery packery like yon.’

The new West End cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been transformed into their characters in a newly released set of portraits by Charlie Gray.

Seen in their wizarding world finest for the first time are Jamie Glover as Harry Potter, Emma Lowndes as Ginny Potter and Theo Ancient as their youngest son Albus; Thomas Aldridge as Ron Weasley, Rakie Ayola as Hermione Granger and Helen Aluko as their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley; and James Howard as Draco Malfoy and Samuel Blenkin as his son Scorpius Malfoy.

The new cast’s first performance at London’s Palace Theatre is on Wednesday 24th May.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child last month took home a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director.

For more details about Cursed Child, head to the official website, and stay tuned for news on Pottermore

 

It’s a big day for Wizarding World fans in the USA, as it’s confirmed that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will have its Broadway premiere in the Spring of 2018 at the redesigned Lyric Theatre in New York.

The Official Opening  will be Sunday 22 April.  Preview performances, casting and all further details will be announced in the coming months.

Tickets will go on sale in autumn of this year via the official website only, and details of how and when tickets can be purchased will be released soon.

Last month, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child became the most awarded production in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director.

For more updates and information, you can sign up to the mailing list at www.HarryPotterThePlay.com, and keep an eye on Pottermore.com for the latest news.

The first batch of tickets for Harry Potter: A History of Magic, the exhibition coming to London later this year at the British Library, go on sale today, 3rd April, at 12pm (BST).

The exhibition opens as part of celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the first publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. From 20th October until 28th February 2018, it will be home to items from the Library’s archives, as well as original drafts and drawings from J.K. Rowling, illustrator Jim Kay and Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury. From medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins, to the origins of the philosopher’s stone, the exhibition will take readers on a journey to the heart of the Harry Potter stories.

Head over to Pottermore for a sneak peek at some of the artefacts that will be on show at the exhibition, including a handwritten first draft of the Sorting Hat song from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 

Here’s where to get your tickets for 20 October – 31 December, and find out more about the exhibition

L-R: US Hardback (Scholastic, cover by Headcase Design); Digital audiobook (Pottermore, cover by Olly Moss); eBook (Pottermore), UK Hardback (Bloomsbury, cover by Jonny Duddle)

A new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is available today, with six extra beasts and a new foreword from the pen of Magizoologist Newt Scamander, bringing the original classic book up to date with the exciting developments in J.K. Rowling’s  Wizarding World.

The hardback book is available from Bloomsbury in the UK and Scholastic in the US, while Pottermore brings us the eBook and the first digital audiobook, narrated by Eddie Redmayne.

Familiar to fans as one of the textbooks from Harry Potter’s days at Hogwarts, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was first published in 2001. The fictional book was ‘written’ by Newt Scamander – the hero of J.K. Rowling’s debut screenplay and the film of the same name.

Other Hogwarts Library books, Quidditch Through the Ages and The Tales of Beedle the Bard, have also been brought up to date with new covers.

Proceeds from the sale of these books will go towards Comic Relief and Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s international children’s charity. Both charities aim to help some of the world’s most vulnerable children and young people to have a better life.

Bloomsbury and Scholastic today revealed award-winning illustrator Jim Kay’s cover of the third book in the Harry Potter series.

The striking cover illustration reveals Jim’s imagining of the iconic Knight Bus that whisks Harry off to Diagon Alley at the beginning of the book, in all its purple glory. And you can see more of Jim Kay’s Azkaban artwork exclusively on Pottermore.com

This new illustrated hardback edition will be published in English on Tuesday 3rd October 2017.

Eddie Redmayne – Newt Scamander himself – has narrated Pottermore’s new audiobook version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Hogwarts textbook that inspired the film of the same name.

Like the print and eBook editions, also available on the 14th March, the digital audiobook will open with J.K. Rowling’s new foreword from Newt Scamander himself, hinting at some of what happened since his visit to New York City in 1926, and also promises six new beasts.

To find out more, and for a behind-the-scenes video with Eddie Redmayne, visit Pottermore.com https://www.pottermore.com/news/eddie-redmayne-recorded-the-new-fantastic-beasts-audiobook-as-newt-scamander

 

Image © Warner Bros.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debutwas released worldwide on Friday 18th November 2016.  One of the most anticipated movies of the year, it was met with praise from critics, fans and newcomers to the Wizarding World franchise alike, taking almost $700million in global box office sales to date.

Marking our introduction to a new era of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, the film has been a hit across the world, with the biggest openings ever recorded for the Wizarding World franchise in China and South Korea.  In October, J.K. Rowling revealed at a special fan screening in London that Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is to be the first of five movies in a brand new, fantastical franchise of its own, following a story arc she has already plotted out.  She said at the event on 13th October 2016: ‘I’ve now done the plotting properly so we’re pretty sure it’s going to be five movies.’

A new and original story by J.K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts was inspired by the Hogwarts textbook of the same name, written by the author’s character Newt Scamander, the wizarding world’s preeminent Magizoologist.

The film opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander, played by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures.  Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj named Jacob, a misplaced magical briefcase, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Image © Tony Antoniou 

Further details of the exhibition at the British Library in 2017, to celebrate twenty years since the first publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, have been announced.

We’re delighted to confirm that the exhibition will be entitled Harry Potter: A History of Magic and will combine original material from the private archives of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury with centuries-old treasures from the British Library’s world-class collection, focusing on the theme of the History of Magic.

The structure of the exhibition has been inspired by the subjects Harry and his friends study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, from Potions and Herbology to Astronomy and Care of Magical Creatures.

The exhibition will run from 20th October 2017 to 28th February 2018, at the British Library in London just a (Philosopher’s) stone’s throw from Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station!

For an interview with the British Library’s curator on Pottermore, please click here.

 

Image © Stuart Ramson

J.K. Rowling, author, screenwriter and founder of international children’s organisation, Lumos, and Academy Award winning actor, Eddie Redmayne (a.k.a. Newt Scamander), opened a special advance screening of Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on Saturday 12th November on the Perelman Stage in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.

In front of nearly 3,000 guests, they discussed the work of Lumos in helping children around the world leave orphanages and institutions and return to family life.

“We know children who are raised in institutions suffer developmental delays, that they tend to be physically stunted, they normally have psychological trauma,’ said J.K. Rowling. ‘It is just not what nature intended for children – to be herded together and not given individual love and care. This is an entirely solvable issue. Lumos’ ambition – and we believe it’s achievable – is that by 2050, we will have ended institutionalisation globally.”

Jo went on to encourage people – and particularly young people – in the audience to get involved with the non-profit organisation’s work.  She spoke of the urgent need to change minds, to do a little research, and support families to stay together.

Eddie and Jo went on to talk about the new film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. They were joined on stage by director David Yates and cast members Ezra Miller, Dan Fogler, Katherine Waterston and Alison Sudol, before introducing this special charity screening of the film.

You can watch part of the conversation between Jo and Eddie here.

This event was part of We Are Lumos Worldwide, a global campaign to raise awareness of Lumos’ greatest goal: to bring to light the eight million children hidden away in orphanages around the world, and help them back into family homes.  All proceeds, from both box office ticket sales and an online sweepstake, are going directly to support Lumos in its work.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them went on general release six days later, on November 18th, in cinemas around the world.

Lumos – www.wearelumos.org

L to R:  Colin Callender, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Sonia Friedman. Image © Dan Wooller

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the stage play based on an original story by J.K.Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, has won the Best Play at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, whilst the production was nominated for eleven What’sOnStage theatre awards – more than any other production.

The Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play was collected on 14th November 2016 by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, who told Pottermore:

“This play was made with blood, sweat and love. Working on this show has been the greatest of things – and I know John, Jo and I could not have asked for better people to work with. The Cursed Child world is one of technical genius, acting greatness and producing prowess. This [award] is a cherry on top of a really elaborate, sugary, spicy, wonderful cake.”

Lead actress Noma Dumezweni collected the award with John and Jack on behalf of J.K. Rowling, reading out a short message from Jo: “I am incredibly proud of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but Jack Thorne and John Tiffany must take all credit for shaping and crafting it. My endless thanks to them.”

The production has also received no fewer than eleven nominations ahead of next year’s WhatsOnStage Awards.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two is up for Best Play, while five of its cast members have also been shortlisted.  Other category nominations include Best Direction, Best Costumes, and Best Set Design. The annual awards, which are voted for by the public, will be announced on 19th February 2017.

 

On 22nd September 2015, pottermore.com revealed its newly imagined website and positioning as the digital heart of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, with a major redesign and packed with exclusive writing, features, and news. New writing by J.K. Rowling continues to be at the core of the site which also features a never before seen article by the author, revealing the history of the wizarding Potter family from its illustrious beginnings in the twelfth century.

The new version of pottermore.com is an English-language site only and is a flexible and evolving digital platform for the Wizarding World. The Harry Potter eBooks and digital audio books remain available to buy in multiple languages via the Pottermore Shop.

On Tuesday 21st May 2013 an annotated first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, containing J.K. Rowling’s personal annotations and illustrations, raised £150,000 for English PEN and for Lumos, J.K. Rowling’s own charity, when it was sold to an anonymous bidder at a Sotheby’s auction.

Other annotated first editions that were sold as part of English Pen’s First Editions Second Thoughts included Roald Dahl’s Matilda, annotated by Quentin Blake, We Need to Talk About Kevin, annotated by Lionel Shriver and Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse. A total of £439,000 was raised for English PEN. Click here for further information.

Lumos – www.wearelumos.org

On 27th July 2012, J.K. Rowling participated in the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. In a segment of the ceremony celebrating British children’s literature and the NHS, Jo read an extract from J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Minutes later large puppet representations of children’s literature villains, including Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter series, filled the stadium.