When I heard that a new Harry Potter story was coming out soon I didn’t believe it. After all J.K. Rowling herself had categorically stated that there would only ever be 7 Harry Potter books. After all this time (always. Sorry couldn’t help myself!), 9 years since the Deathly Hallows the idea of another Harry Potter story was just too insane and mindboggling to fully comprehend (not to mention brilliant, fantastic and just about the most amazing thing that could happen). Technically she hasn’t broken her word, Harry Potter and the cursed Child is not a book, it is a 2-part play that opens on July 30th in London’s West End Palace theatre (special previews in May). The play is written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by Rowling and John Tiffany (director).
I’m sure I’m right in saying that every Potter fan around the world wishes he/she were in London at the moment so that they could watch the play and revel in the wonder of Rowling’s magical world one more time. Happily for those of us who cant afford to fly to London just to watch a play (note- you can’t anymore as the play is sold out till MAY 2017) the book adaptation will hit stores at midnight on the 31st of July, one of the most significant dates in Harry Potter history. I’ve had my copy pre-booked for the past 4 months ever since I found out that there was a book to pre-order and apparently I’m one of the millions of others who also wanted to ensure they got a copy of the most anticipated book since the Deathly Hallows. Book retailers across the globe have reported that it is the most pre-ordered book since HPDH. Looking at the words “The eighth story. Nineteen years later” on the official Harry Potter and the cursed child website for the first time was too thrilling for words, I actually had chills run up my spine for a second.
I’ve been waiting for the ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ movie – the prequel to the Harry Potter books – that is slated for release in August. Though this is exciting (how can anything connected to Harry Potter not be exciting) it just doesn’t compare to a new book that actually carries Harry’s story forward. I wonder if the FBWFT stars feel that HPCC is stealing their thunder?
Almost all the reviews for the play are excellent, the ‘Independent’ while giving it a 5 star review praises it as “truly magical… a play of immense wonder”.
As theatregoers have actually been handed badges which say “keep the secrets” most of the reviews online are spoiler free (which is as it should be). However there are some things that are reasonable assumptions to make.
It seems clear that the play is mostly about the next generation of Hogwarts students with Harry’s son Albus playing a prominent role. Looking at some of the images Albus and Scorpius Malfoy seem to actually be friends. Really breaking tradition there.
We might get to know more about their life these past 19 years especially Harry’s and how he dealt with everything that happened to him. After all watching so many loved ones die, fighting and killing the most evil dark wizard of all time has got to leave some scars (psychological ones).
The plot summary itself doesn’t give away much, just makes you impatient to get your hands on the script.
“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
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.”
What I most want to know is WHO is the Cursed Child. Most people are of the opinion that it is probably Albus however if we take the Half Blood Prince as precedent then we might be in for a huge surprise.
The published version will be a script of the play, not an actual book with a collector’s version coming out later. I wouldn’t even mind her tweeting the story in bits, just as long as I get more Potter.
Only 1 more day to go. Harry Potter, Always!