Despite Rowling's initial announcement of "Cursed Child" including that disclaimer (her exact words: "it is not a prequel"), media outlets rushing to cover the news nevertheless repeatedly -- and erroneously -- dubbed the play a prequel. The reports were so numerous that Rowling took to Twitter once again to clarify that point, but it was to no avail, as the news cycle ran with that descriptor ad nausea.
#CursedChild NOT a prequel. Lots of people asking, so I thought I'd say that again! NOT a prequel!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
As the weekend wore on, Rowling went from annoyed to angry to amused, finally just openly mocking those who kept insisting the play was a prequel. Her Twitter feed is full of tongue-in-cheek back-and-forth exchanges with fans, and is worth perusing for its biting humor. (We've embedded some of our favorites at the end of this story.)
In the midst of the author's annoyance, however, she did clarify a few behind-the-scenes details about "Cursed Child," one of which is that she did not write the script, but collaborated on the project with playwright Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany. And for diehard Potterheads, there was one more important bit of intel: "The story of #CursedChild should be considered canon," Rowling wrote.
Rowling also directed interested theatergoers to a website, HarryPotterThePlayLondon.com, where they could get up-to-date info on "Cursed Child." And just in case anyone is still wondering if the play is a prequel, Rowling has uploaded to Twitter a handy, fan-made disclaimer that should answer that question once and for all. (Spoiler alert: It's (still) not a prequel.)
I can't remember whether I've mentioned this, but Harry Potter & the #CursedChild isn't a prequel.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 27, 2015
Well, obviously I like to keep things mysterious, so I'll just say Prequel. A. Not. It's. https://t.co/gbougs635Q— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 27, 2015
You're right, I have been guilty of shameful ambiguity in this matter. It isn't a prequel. https://t.co/ep6InUxL20— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 27, 2015
You know what? I'm starting to wonder. Maybe it is. https://t.co/Vh7yaCKP2c— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 27, 2015
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Photo credit: HarryPotterThePlayLondon.com