J.K. Rowling has made Harry Potter fans both happy and sad when she announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will mark the series' final chapter.
During the opening night of the Cursed Child
play on London’s East End on Saturday -- the same night the screenplay was released in stores at midnight -- the British author told Reuters
fans shouldn't expect another book involving the sorcerer.
"[Harry] goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done," she explained. "This is the next generation, you know. So, I'm thrilled to see it released so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now."
As for the story itself, Rowling couldn't have been happier with how fans reacted to Cursed Child, which is set 19 years after the events of the seventh novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In fact, she was impressed that people who have already seen the play did not ruin the story for the rest of her loyal fans.
"It's the most extraordinary fandom, so I'm kind of not surprised, because they didn't want to spoil it for each other," Rowling told BBC
. "I'm so happy we got here without ruining everything."
It was a bittersweet announcement for Potterheads, who stood in line around the world to buy Cursed Child. Knowing it was the end of an era didn't damper fans' spirits as they took to social media to share their excitement about the new release.
This weekend was very special for Rowling for another reason -- Sunday marked both Rowling and Harry's birthdays. The HP creator even celebrated turing 51 with a King's Cross cake in honor of her 51 birthday on Sunday.
See what you can expect from Rowling's upcoming spin-off film, the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in the chilling trailer, below.