J.K. Rowling caused happy chaos in the Harry Potter fandom when she recently tweeted about her upcoming project Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Sure, it's going to be a play in London, England rather than a new novel or movie, but who knows where this will lead: entirely new Harry Potter material starring our titular hero?
Fans were convinced that the story would focus more on Harry himself and his early years, given what the following official press release seemed to say:
What was it like to be the boy in the cupboard under the stairs? This brand new play, which will be developed for the UK theatre, will explore the previously untold story of Harry’s early years as an orphan and outcast. Featuring some of our favorite characters from the Harry Potter books, this new work will offer a unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard. A seemingly ordinary boy, but one for whom Destiny has plans…
However, J.K. Rowling threw a spanner in the works of this theory with the following tweet:
Let's check out the 5 most popular and / or likely theories as to just what Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is going to be about...
1. Another Side of Slytherin
The Cursed Child is: Draco or Voldemort
Hmmm. J.K. says it's 'not a prequel', but who could be more cursed than Lord Voldemort? However, Tom Riddle's back story has been fairly well elaborated in the existing novels so it's perhaps unlikely that J.K. would choose to retread this familiar ground.
Draco Malfoy, on the other hand, would be enormously popular - especially if the Cursed Child were to explore the vaunted, fanship favorite relationship between Harry and Draco. Or maybe the cursed child is Draco's son, Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy? Dammit, the possibilities are endless!
2. James, Severus or Lily?
The Cursed Child is: one of Harry & Ginny's children
Harry and Ginny go on to have three children together: James Sirius, Albus Severus and Lily Luna. While a 'next generation' Potter sequel would be wildly popular, I don't know how likely this would be. Would J.K. Rowling really curse one of Harry's children after all he went through himself?
3. The Cupboard Under the Stairs: Revisited
The Cursed Child is: Harry Potter
One could counter that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would not make sense as a title if the cursed child was Harry himself, but it may make sense if it was a back-and-forth, chronologically jumping story from Harry's adult perspective, retelling his childhood from his new, mature perspective.
J.K. Rowling has emphatically stated that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is NOT a prequel, but surely this doesn't prevent a bit of flitting between different eras?
4. Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks Remembered
The Cursed Child is: Teddy Lupin
If any kid is left cursed at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, surely it's poor little Teddy Lupin, the recently orphaned child of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks? Teddy has also accrued a decent-sized Potter fanbase, so the choice would be a popular one - if the reams of attractive-young-male-celeb-with-blue-hair-as-Teddy-Lupin fanart is anything to go by!
5. A New Character Completely?
The Cursed Child is: a child we haven't met yet
We know that Harry grows up to be an Auror, a wizard fighting evil dark magic for the Ministry of Magic. If so, he's certainly in the position to see the worst things that magic folk are capable of doing to each other - and may chance upon a child devastated by those actions. Harry being Harry, he would definitely step in to help a kid in distress and it'd be interesting to see Harry in the adult, confidante role, providing guidance to another 'cursed child' as Dumbledore and Sirius did for him all those years before.