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J.K. Rowling’s mysterious ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ tweet, explained

Rowling posted a black-and-white photo of the Dark Mark. But what does it mean?

A screenshot from J.K. Rowling’s tweet.
Screenshot, Twitter

J.K. Rowling set the internet aflame on Thursday with a single tweet.

Rowling posted a black-and-white photo of the Dark Mark, which is the symbol for Voldemort and his followers.

“Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places #HarryPotter #CursedChild,” she wrote in the tweet.

Fans went into pure speculation mode right after the tweet dropped. One theory suggested that Warner Bros. had earned the rights to the production and that a film adaptation would be on the way.

But a representative for the “Cursed Child” broadway show downplayed those rumors to Entertainment Weekly.

“I can confirm that these rumors are absolutely NOT TRUE,” a representative for the production wrote in an email to EW. “The show has not changed ownership. ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ continues to be produced by Sonia Friedman, Colin Callender and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions in London, Broadway and all around the world. Warner Bros. has always been a valued partner of ‘Cursed Child’ since its inception. Their role has not changed.”

But alas, that was not the case. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” received a new tagline from J.K. Rowling, which read, “Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places,” according to Pottermore.

The new tagline appears on a new artwork design, which include a lightning bolt emerging from Harry Potter’s wand.

“But if you look a little closer, you’ll see the looming threat of a Dark Mark, the sign of Lord Voldemort and his followers, dwelling in the spell’s glow,” according to Pottermore. “Could this ominous symbol from the wizarding world signify how the impact of Lord Voldemort still haunts Harry as a grown-up?”