Harry Potter and the Legacy that will Never End

Harry Potter and the Legacy that will Never End

Sara Schleede, Junior managing editor

J.K. Rowling announced on Wednesday that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a theater production based on the Harry Potter universe, will be released as an eighth installment to the popular and beloved series.

Now hear me out: I love everything Harry Potter. I’ve read the series several times. I own a cloak and scarf. I have my own Pottermore account. I cried when I walked into Hogsmeade at Universal Studios. I could ponder on the intricacies of Albus Dumbledore’s characterization for hours. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is one of the first chapter books I read completely on my own in first grade. This series has shaped who I am as a person. That being said, I’m not excited for a new Harry Potter book.

Since the release of the final installment of the series in 2007, Rowling has revealed additional facts about characters in interviews and shared lots of insight into the wizarding world on her website Pottermore. She has also sold companion books such as “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (which is also being turned into a movie.) All of these things have allowed Harry Potter’s legacy to exist far past the final page. I’ve enjoyed revisiting the magical world I spent so much time in as a child whenever new information pops up. Still, sometimes things need to be laid to rest. Harry Potter is something so much bigger than the physical seven books themselves. Rowling turning back on the beautifully packaged story she has given the world to add a bit more information seems reductive and unnecessary, especially since this new book will be nothing but a play script.

Based on the timing of all of this, it seems like Rowling is hoping to capitalize on current revival culture. Rowling and publishers are probably thinking: “Full House” and “Saved By the Bell” are returning for nostalgia factor, why can’t Harry Potter? If something is revived just for the hope of appeasing begging fans, it often falls flat. “Arrested Development” is a prime example of this. I don’t want the story of Harry Potter to be ruined by a book hurriedly written to come out at a “marketable time.” I hope that Rowling is not in fact writing a new book to be trendy but because she is passionate about the content.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is not a book that needs to happen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to read it; I have tentative hope that it will be something really special. But for now, I’m skeptical.