JK Rowling issues serious warning for Harry Potter play: Be prepared to cry

Hachette JK Rowling in conversation

JK Rowling has issued Harry Potter fans with a warning about the upcoming ‘Cursed Child’ play: Be prepared to cry.

The famed author took to Twitter to respond to one of her 7.35 million followers who asked whether the new play, set to debut this year, would make them cry.

She responded: “If it doesn’t, we’ll be checking your vital signs.”

Another asked: “Why are you like this?” to which Rowling said: “I’m a writer. If you’re not feeling, I’m not doing it right.”

So let that be a warning to you.

The famed author revealed last year that she would be writing a stage show about the story after Harry Potter left Hogwarts.

Some followers of Rowling were disappointed to hear that it would only be a stage production.

However they have since been appeased, as publisher Little, Brown, announced that the script will be published in a new book.

Cursed Child

The book will be released, naturally, on Harry Potter’s birthday – 31 July.

The script is written by Rowling, as well as Jack Thorn and John Tiffany.

A description of the new book reads: “It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

“While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.”


The cast was unveiled last December for the highly anticipated stage play – which will act as a sequel to the series.

Jamie Parker and Paul Thornley will play the roles of Harry Potter and Ron Weasley respectively – while the casting of Noma Dumezweni as Hermione Granger has divided reaction online.

But Rowling revealed she deliberately never mentioned the ethnicity of Hermione – after the black actress was cast in the role.


She tweeted: “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione [kiss emoji]”.

Little, Brown CEO David Shelley said: “We are so thrilled to be publishing the script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Rowling and her team have received a huge number of appeals from fans who can’t be in London to see the play and who would like to read the play in book format – and so we are absolutely delighted to be able to make it available for them.”

Rowling earlier this year unveiled some of her rejection letters to help inspire fans not to give up on their dreams – and it was super inspiring.

The author was also named this year as one of the most philanthropic celebrities, alongside Elton John.