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JK Rowling dashes hopes for a ninth Harry Potter book: 'Harry is done now'

Harry Potter fans who thought the eighth instalment, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, might signal JK Rowling was not quite finished with the series will be disappointed.

"Harry is done now," the author said Saturday, according to Reuters.

Speaking at the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London's West End theatre district, Rowling said she hoped fans would enjoy the play, the script of which became available as a book Sunday. Incidentally, also the birthday of the infamous Potter — July 31.

"He goes on a very big journey during these two plays and then, yeah, I think we're done," she told the outlet. "So, I never wanted to write another novel, but this will give the fans something special."

Rowling's publisher has been contacted for comment.

In an interview on the red carpet, Rowling added she was proud of fans who had kept the secret and not shared the play's plot. "They've done me so proud," she said.

"I think our give back is that we really hope to take this play to as many to places as it's feasible to take it. So I hope a lot of them will get to see it."

The new story opens with Potter grappling not with the forces of evil, but rather, bureaucracy. He is now an employee of the Ministry of Magic and the father of three children.

Fans who couldn't get tickets to the London play, lined up around the world to get their hands on the book.

It looks like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be a boon for book sales, just like the first seven books in the series. Steve Cox, the managing director of Dymocks in Australia, told the ABC the store had pre-sold 15,000 books before launch.

"It was a strict worldwide embargo that everyone around the world stuck by and it raised the excitement for 9:01 this morning," he said. 

"Right around the world at this point in time boxes of books just like the ones we had here are being opened and the magic of Harry Potter is once again upon us."

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