Newswire: J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter play will be split into two parts

The idea of extending a blockbuster franchise into more film iterations than originally intended is nothing new—The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 hits theaters this fall as the fourth installment of a trilogy, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows was infamously split into two movies, and The Hobbit somehow became a sprawling three-part epic that over-delivered on the sprawling and choked on the epic. When it comes to the stage though, it seems a little odd to push audiences out halfway through a story and ask them to come back months later to wrap things up. According to The Hollywood Reporter, that’s essentially what’s happening with J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter And The Cursed Child, a play the author announced she’s writing in collaboration with English playwright Jack Thorne earlier this year. Rowling took to Twitter to announce the news:

*Clears throat loudly and bangs …

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