A hoax tweet momentarily made Harry Potter fans think that there was going to be a Cursed Child movie – to a very mixed response.
The two-part play co-written by JK Rowling, which is set 19 years after the events of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, premiered at London’s Palace Theatre in 2016. Earlier this year, it was suggested that three Cursed Child films could be in the works.
But this week a spoof Twitter account pretending to be the film section of Variety magazine sent out a tweet claiming that Joss Whedon would write and direct a Cursed Child film, with the original Potter cast returning.
However, the tweet linked to a YouTube clip of Rick Astley‘s rick-rolling classic ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’. See the tweet below.
The hoax tricked many, with some fans saying the supposed news had “made” their year. Others, however, were not so pleased. “Never been happier to see Rick Astley,” one fan tweeted. “My Hufflepuff heart is too fragile for this tomfoolery,” another said.
click the link babe
— Hannah Witton (@hannahwitton) November 24, 2017
Was literally about to go all the way in and then I clicked the link and stopped having a heart attack
— Patrice Caldwell (@whimsicallyours) November 24, 2017
DUDE YOU JUST GOT ME SO GOOD
— Cate in the Kitchen 🍦 (@catekitchen) November 24, 2017
Disappointing news…..Whedon's never going to give this opportunity up, but I already know he's going to let me down.
— ☆hayley☆ (@choerrycoloured) November 24, 2017
never been happier to see rick astley
— we registered to vote! (@ioanmorganj) November 24, 2017
my hufflepuff heart is too fragile for this tomfoolery
— emma lord (@dilemmalord) November 24, 2017
Meanwhile, it has been announced that a Harry Potter AR game is set to be released by the creators of Pokemon Go.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be available to smartphone users in 2018 through Niantic Labs. An official release date however is yet to be announced.
Warner Bros Interactive is co-developing the app with Portkey Games – with inspiration taken from the game Ingress, which allows users to explore fictional environments.