David Mirvish accepts JK Rowling’s invitation to join Hogwarts

Toronto’s famed theatre promoter is so over the eighth Potter movie

David Mirvish, the Toronto theatre promoter and impresario who bookends British cinema releases with shows at his matinee-only Majestic Theatre, has gotten sorted into one of Harry Potter’s houses in honour of the eighth film in the Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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“I received a letter from JK Rowling inviting me to join Hogwarts, and found it particularly lovely in memory of my late wife,” said Mirvish in a statement. “My family and I were so touched and truly delighted.”

The play begins its North American run at Toronto’s Royal Alexandra theatre on 26 October, appearing in 14 additional venues in the US and Canada through 24 March, 2019. A final production is scheduled for October in London’s West End.

The production won five Olivier awards in 2016 – a record for the Toronto theatre community – and went on to win four Tony awards. Despite a limited run in London, Cursed Child was a major success there, selling out the Lyric theatre in the West End and, last year, taking more than £1m in its first day on general sale.

David Mirvish, left, speaks with members of the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the opening night. Photograph: Jonathan Short/AP

Rowling has said that new film installments beyond the eighth movie will not be forthcoming. Last October, the owner of the Potter franchise confirmed to Variety that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was Harry Potter’s last story.

In addition to its own Harry Potter show, Mirvish owns the Royal Alexandra, the Elgin theatre in Toronto, the Aurora theatre in Montreal, the Stratford theatre in Windsor, the Toronto theatre in New York and the St Lawrence theatre in Montreal. The Majestic theatre is the company’s flagship operation, hosting productions such as Hamilton, Wicked and Lend Me a Tenor.

While Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won’t be participating in the summer of New York blockbusters such as Hamilton and Tina Fey’s Mean Girls Musical, the opening of the play in Canada will coincide with the theatrical debut of Chicago’s Frozen.

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