Splitting a single installment of a franchise into two parts isn't just for movies anymore. J.K. Rowling revealed on Twitter that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the upcoming stage play, will be released in two parts.
Rowling said the decision to split the play was based on the story's "epic nature."
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany offered their take on the split in the official announcement on Pottermore.
"Obviously I loved it when we decided to tell this story in two parts because I got to spend more time with the characters and what an honor that has been," Thorne said. "It continues to be unbelievable and amazing that I've been given this extraordinary chance to bring Harry Potter to the stage. As a fan, who just devoured the books and the films, this couldn't be more exciting for me."
"I've never worked on anything quite like this before,' Tiffany says. 'Usually in theatre you're adapting existing material or creating an entirely new play. With the Cursed Child we have been given the unique opportunity to explore some of the most cherished books and beloved characters ever written, yet work with J.K. Rowling to tell a story from that world that no one yet knows – it's exhilarating. It shares a scale and ambition with all the Harry Potter stories so in order to do this justice we have decided to present the play in two parts."
"I just hope we do it justice," Throne added. "I'm so constantly aware of respecting the previous seven stories…I hope people love this play like they loved the books. Everything we do is with that in mind."
The first part of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will open at London's West in Summer 2016.