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J.K. Rowling says Harry Potter is 'done' -- but we're not so sure

With the premiere of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" come and gone, the journey of the Boy Who Lived is finally complete.

At least, that's what author J.K. Rowling says.

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She told press at the play's premiere: "This is the next generation. ... So, I'm thrilled to see it realized so beautifully but, no, Harry is done now."

But there are many outlets that aren't so sure the two-part play is really Harry Potter's swan song.

For one thing, most people were pretty sure the heroic story of Harry was over when he vanquished Voldemort at the end of the "Deathly Hallows" book.

>> Related: Harry Potter turns 36 same day as new book's release

Jump ahead nine years to 2016, and now we've got the two-part play that not only set new preorder records with the print version of its script, but also had its run extended through December 2017 because so many people wanted tickets.

There's also the interactive website Pottermore, where Rowling is constantly adding new supplemental material for fans.

And then there's the "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" spinoff film, based on a companion book Rowling wrote in 2001.

>> Related: Watch: 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' trailer is here

Rowling, who is the film's screenwriter, confirmed on Twitter that "Fantastic Beasts" will be a movie trilogy.

So, we'll go along with Rowling and acknowledge that for now, Harry's journey is complete. But if something new involving the Boy Who Lived just happens to debut in the next decade or so, will anyone be surprised?  

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Harry Potter turns 36 same day as new book's release

Video includes clips from Warner Bros. Pictures, NBCUniversal, BBC and Pottermore and images from Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.

Potterheads, brace yourselves. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" has been released.  

The latest installment of the magical series hit the market Sunday -- the same day as J.K. Rowling's and Harry Potter's birthdays -- but the highly anticipated script release was breaking records even before it made it to stores.

"The Cursed Child" reportedly beat the presale record at Barnes & Noble set by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" in 2007. An executive at the bookseller expects the newly released script to be the company's "biggest selling book of the year."  

And it looks like publishers need the boost. Since January 2015, the industry has seen a 6.7 percent decline in revenue and e-book sales have gone down 25 percent.

In February, Rowling clarified that that the new release would be a script of the London stage production, not a novel, not a prequel and not a sequel, but "The Cursed Child" can still be considered the eighth story.

"It just won’t read like Rowling’s others," The Huffington Post reported.

"While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted," a description on the play’s website reads. "As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places."

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Aside from "The Cursed Child," the series has inspired a spinoff movie, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a theme park at Universal Studios and the interactive website, Pottermore.

And for those wondering why the boy-wizard series just won't die, author Rowling said a meeting with theater producers and script writers changed her mind.

"I did always say never say never. So I had an idea that maybe one day I would do something like this," Rowling said.

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Tim LaHaye, co-author of 'Left Behind' series, dies at 90

Evangelical pastor and best-selling author Tim LaHaye died Monday in a San Diego area hospital, days after suffering from a stroke. He was 90 years old.

Family confirmed the news on Tim LaHaye's website.

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LaHaye is best known for co-writing the popular 16-book "Left Behind" series with Jerry Jenkins. The fiction series focused on the return of Jesus and the Rapture as described in the Book of Revelation.

Since the series' first novel was released in 1995, the "Left Behind" books have sold more than 80 million copies and topped multiple best seller lists.

"Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul I don't expect to fill until I see him again," Jenkins said.

"The Tim LaHaye I got to know had a pastor's heart and lived to share his faith. He listened to and cared about everyone, regardless of age, gender, or social standing. If Tim was missing from the autograph table, or the green room of a network television show, he was likely in a corner praying with someone he'd just met -- from a reader, to a part-time bookstore stock clerk, to a TV network anchorman."

LaHaye authored more than 60 other non-fiction books focused on family life, Bible prophecy, secular humanism and other topics. More than 14 million of those books are in print in as many as 32 languages.

Born in Detroit, LaHaye held pastor positions at churches in South Carolina and Minnesota before he and his family settled in San Diego County.

He led the Scott Memorial Baptist Church through multiple expansions and founded a pair of accredited Christian high schools, a school system consisting of 10 Christian schools and Christian Heritage College, now known as San Diego Christian College. With the late Henry Morris, LaHaye also co-founded the Institute for Creation Research, a group focused on examining science related to creationism.

LaHaye is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years, Beverly; four children; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; a brother, Richard LaHaye; and a sister, Margaret White.

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