It's been a busy few months for JK Rowling. And it's going to get busier for her.
As we all know, JK Rowling released Very Good Lives earlier this year and she also wrote the script for the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which will be staring Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston. She will also be the producer for the film, which is rumour to be released next year.
Plus, later this year, she will be releasing the third book in her Cormoran Strike series, Career of Evil, under the pen-name, Robert Galbraith. And publishers round the world will be releasing an illustrated edition of her debut, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in October 2015.
But this week, two new bits of information has come out which means JK Rowling fans are going to be extra busy!
The first is Harry Potter Book Night. Earlier this year, the UK Publisher, Bloomsbury, organised a Harry Potter Book Night to celebrate the books. Over 10,500 parties and celebrations were thrown round the world. Because of this huge success, Bloomsbury is doing it again! on the night of 4th February 2016, fans will come together again to celebrate their love of all things Potter.
If you want to be involved, check out the Harry Potter Book Night website at www.harrypotterbooknight.com or you can use the hashtag #HarryPotterBookNight on Twitter.
The second news was only just released today! Today, 18 years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published in the UK. But, also, JK Rowling announced on Twitter that she has written a play. Not just any play. A Harry Potter plan!
Of course, the Internet freaked out (with the wonderful news about Love in the USA).
Today is a very special day for two reasons. Firstly, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in the UK 18 years ago!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
I'm also very excited to confirm today that a new play called Harry Potter and the #CursedChild will be opening in London next year.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
It will tell a new story, which is the result of a collaboration between writer Jack Thorne, director John Tiffany and myself. #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
I don't want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans. #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
However, I can say that it is not a prequel! #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question - why isn't #CursedChild a new novel? - I am confident that when audiences see the play— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story. #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
I've had countless offers to extend Harry's story over the years, but Jack, John and Sonia Friedman are a dream team! #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
It has been a huge pleasure to share with them (and soon, with you!) this untold part of Harry's story. #CursedChild— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
It has been long rumoured that this was happening. But this is the first time it has, to my knowledge, been confirmed and the fact we have quite a few details about it. It is called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (sounds like a Doctor Who episode title, doesn't it?) and it won't be a prequel. It will be shown in London's Palace Theatre next year and you can look up all the details (and join the email list for ticket information) at http://www.harrypottertheplaylondon.com
One of the interesting titbits of news I read/heard about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is that there will be music by Imogen Heap. Now, as a sidenote, I love Imogen Heap and her music. But in one music video, she is seen using an instrument called the Mi.Mu Gloves where a high tech glove is being created to control music and visual art via movement. Now, I can't help and wonder if these gloves will be used...
You never know. For more info on the Mi.Mu Gloves, go to http://mimugloves.com/ or you can watch this video of Me The Machine by Imogen Heap below.