J.K. Rowling Says ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is NOT a Prequel Again and Again and…

I’m one of the probably thousands of writers that follow British author J.K. Rowling on Twitter. I follow her because she’s smart, funny and interesting, and gladly doesn’t get within 10 miles of her when it comes to suffering fools.

For the last couple of days, J.K. Rowling has been tweeting about her upcoming play, ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’. And, yes, she’s been a bit perturbed.

That’s because Rowling obviously finds it irritating that the news media can’t seem to grasp one simple fact about ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘.

The fact? It’s not a prequel. It’s a new story set after the end of the last book in the Harry Potter series.

And yes, while it’s a pretty basic fact you would think you wouldn’t need to point out more than once, much of the news media couldn’t grasp it. Again and again and again.

But what stopped me from just glancing at her tweets, making a mental note, and moving on to something else was the delight I felt in seeing how many ways J.K. Rowling could mention the unprequelness of her play. While, of course, also pointing out the ineptitude of the writer who wrote that it was.

Pointing it out in that way we Brits seem to be famous for. You know. Implying it. But not actually saying it.

Oh, and while we’re on the subject, there’s one more small point J.K. Rowling would also like you to know.

The script for ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child‘ was not written by her. It’s a collaboration between Rowling, director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorpe. And, yes, Thorpe wrote the script.

As for the play, it will open in London’s West End sometime during the summer of 2016. And, just in case you’re still not sure — it’s not a prequel.

Michelle Topham