Harry Potter and The Cursed Child debuts this week. With all the excitement comes the potential for spoilers, so JK Rowling has asked that fans keep what happens in the play secret, for a little while at least.
Previews for The Cursed Child begin on Tuesday 7th of June, and in anticipation, JK Rowling and the team behind the play have posted a video urging fans to #KeepTheSecrets of the play. She wants people to have the best experience possible — that means no spoilers.
“This is a big week for all of us who’ve worked on Harry Potter and the #CursedChild. Real audiences are about to see it for the 1st time!” tweeted Rowling before linking to this video:
The video asks fans to let audiences enjoy The Cursed Child as it was meant to be, in the moment without knowing all the twists and turns ahead of time. It’s a pretty simple request, and an understandable one. Whether the Internet can hold its tongue is another story.
A published version of the play’s script will be available on 31st July, so the whole world can celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with a new story set nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Basically, don’t be that person that spoils the fun for everyone. If you’re lucky enough to see a preview of The Cursed Child, keep your chatter behind closed doors.
To be perfectly honest, I would not risk spilling any secrets about the play, not just because I think it’s the right thing to do and I don’t want to disappoint JK Rowling, but also because I have a healthy respect for the power of the Harry Potter fandom. Anyone that ruins the fun and spills the beans is going to have to answer to them, and that is not going to be a pleasant experience.
Author: Undie Girl
Undie Girl (aka Von) has a BA (Hons) Major in Cultural Studies. The title of her honours thesis was “It’s just gay and porn”: Power, Identity and the Fangirl’s Gaze. She’s currently pursuing a Masters of Media Practice at University of Sydney. Von’s a former contributor The Backlot’s column The Shipping News and a current co-host of The Geekiary’s monthly webcast FEELINGS… with The Geekiary.
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