It's hard to believe that it's been almost 20 years since we first fell in love with the Harry Potter franchise (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published in 1997), and this year we rejoiced once again when our favorite wizard hit the stage in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The play officially premiered at the Palace Theatre in London in July, and while we were thrilled that Harry's journey wasn't over, it appears it is coming to an end much sooner than we thought. Much to the dismay of Potterheads across the world, J.K. Rowling has revealed that she's leaving the world of witchcraft and wizardry behind her, once and for all.
She revealed this sad news at the premiere, saying, "[Harry] goes on a very big journey during these two plays and, then, yeah, I think we're done. This is the next generation, you know. So, I'm thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now."
Excuse us while we reach for the tissues.
However, there's a small silver lining for us Muggles, because in October 2017, we have one more thing to look forward to: The British Library in London is celebrating Harry Potter's 20th anniversary with a special exhibit featuring J.K. Rowling's incredible manuscripts and historical texts.
The exhibit looks set to be something quite special, because Rowling is allowing Harry Potter items from her personal archive to be seen in public for the very first time. Exciting, right?
The four-month exhibition — running from Oct. 20, 2017 until Feb. 28, 2018 — will help fans relive the magic of Harry Potter, and although curators are hesitant to reveal too much about the upcoming exhibit (which does not yet have a name), it "will showcase an extraordinary range of wizarding books, manuscripts and objects, and combine centuries-old British Library treasures with original material from Bloomsbury’s and J.K. Rowling’s archives."
So if you were hoping to catch a glimpse of medieval descriptions of dragons and griffins and see what influenced and inspired Rowling's brilliant imagination, well, you may just be in luck.
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