J.K. Rowling Confirms Our Worst Fears: Harry Potter Is ‘Done Now’

Rowling says that ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is the final chapter in the ‘Harry Potter’ series

We’ve watched as The Boy Who Lived battled basilisks, dragons, and even You-Know-Who — and yet, in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry Potter faced his toughest challenge to date: fatherhood. And according to author J.K. Rowling, that’s where the Chosen One’s story shall end.

Rowling has officially confirmed that the eighth installment in the beloved Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is the final story in the Potter saga. (It appears as though her infamous “never say never” response has been Avada Kedavra’d in favor of something more definitive.)

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“He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we’re done,” Rowling told Reuters at The Cursed Child’s opening night gala in London. “This is the next generation, you know. So, I’m thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now.”

When it comes to Rowling, though, wording is everything. She was careful to say, “Harry is done now,” but there’s no mention that Albus Severus Potter’s story is complete. (Given the fan reaction to Albus and his best friend Scorpius Malfoy, it seems like a missed opportunity not to continue their story.) Not to mention, Rowling continues to add to the wizarding world mythos at large with short stories on Pottermore and the forthcoming big-screen trilogy, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Never fear: Rowling still has plenty of magic to share with us. Let’s just hope that includes a Marauders prequel story.