The week in J.K. Rowling: Her Titanic Brexit woes, Cursed Child casting, and more
J.K. Rowling still doesn’t do many interviews, but she does have a very active Twitter account. Here at EW we try to keep up with all of the iconic author’s delightful doings, from Harry Potter tidbits to fun fan interactions. This is the Week in J.K. Rowling.
Brexit: the Titanic version
Never one to shy away from political issues, Rowling tweeted about Brexit Day various times this week, notably with a SpongeBob SquarePants GIF that went something like, “Noooo! I don’t want to!” But taking the cake was her retweet of Comedy Central U.K.’s rehash of that little-known film Titanic, with prominent British politicians spliced in for the ill-fated crew and passengers.
Potter-mania will continue at Harry Potter: A History of Magic
In Harry Potter news, Rowling highlighted the most recent iteration of Potter hysteria, the British Library’s upcoming retrospective on all things Potter, which will begin selling tickets to the public on Monday. While the exhibition doesn’t open until Oct. 20, tickets are expected to sell out faster than a firebolt flying across a Quidditch pitch. An early handwritten draft of the Sorting Hat song will be one of the many never-before-seen artifacts on display.
New cast begins rehearsals for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London
This week welcomed a new infusion of cast members to the theatrical opus that is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which premiered on the West End last summer and is (surprise!) still going strong. The play, which has been officially inducted into the Harry Potter canon as the eighth story in the original series, is expected to hit the Broadway stage in 2018. Watch below as a producer of the London show hopes to welcome multiple casts in the future, as the show continues to run.
Rowling gives back for Red Nose Day
March 24 was Red Nose Day in the U.K., a massive charitable undertaking which wasn’t only about the Love Actually mini-sequel. Rowling is actively contributing a share of her own considerable returns from the Fantastic Beasts franchise to the cause.