Or should I say “Harry Potter and this blog is still a book-blog“? Anyway, I’m here bearing news! Good news! News that might not be new to you!
If you’re what internet refers to as “a potterhead” (which I proudly am myself), then there’s no need for me to tell you who this tosser Harry Potter is (and then you do know why I just called him that too). But in case you’re not a Potterhead, or merely want to dust those good memories…: Harry Potter, also known as “the boy who lived” grew up among muggles (that’d be us, people with no magic. Or are we??), living with his aunt and uncle, for his parents died tragically when he was a mere baby. The two loath him and all that is magical, and therefor they do their best to deny existence of it all, and treat Harry as a free servant who is also a nuisance for being in the first place. That all up until Harry’s eleventh birthday, the day he received a letter, for once, and not just some shabby flier either. No, it was an invitation to study at Hogwarts, a school of magic and wizardry. There he spent seven years(well, he spent there seven books, not necessarily seven years), surviving both horrible and marvelous adventures, studying magic, learning about the world that didn’t even exist to him before, and, eventually, beating the greatest dark wizards of all times – Lord Voldemort.
We’ve seven books on this story, two sort of “history” books, a fairy tale collection, a biography of the author (and other books J.K. Rowling wrote that are not related to Harry Potter), and eight movies (so far, for “Fantastic Beasts and where to find them” will be adapted into three movies, and I am VERY excited about it). And, while I dearly dislike when people just come on and split that one last movie into two parts for no obvious reasons, I am sure that no fan had ever complained about it, including myself. For, and I fear I might speak for many of us, Harry Potter was what stood between us and dark depression in the world where we lacked magic, friendships, and were burdened with whatever horrors school has dragged us through.
And so it is a glorious day, or a year, if you please, for I am able to say: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an official 8th story of Harry Potter. THE Harry Potter.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. The play itself was composed into such by J. Thorne, and is an eight story of the famous Harry Potter sequence. The keyword here is: play. It will officially open in 2016 July at Palace Theatre London and will be held in two parts, for, and I quote: “epic nature of the story“.
But fear not, as I have no fear either. The play itself will be printed, bound, and be available to purchase to all of us, surely with translations and all on the way. And, okay, I understand that reading a play script might not be appealing to everyone, for it is a bit harder to immerse in story without detailed descriptions on either things or surroundings. But hear me out! You’ve read Shakespeare in school? I didn’t either, but I read it later in life. And truth be told, I still prefer Hamlet in written form, rather than any play or adaptation I have ever had glorious chance to witness. So as a potterhead to a potterhead: it’s 8th story, we’ll live with a script, won’t we?
And if you still have doubts, here’s synopsis. Heck, read it even if you’re all into it:
“It was 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 a 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. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.”
A little bit about the play:
- Harry, Hermione, and Ron will be cast by Jamie Parkes, Noma Dumezweni, and Paul Thornley. J.K. Rowling is super stoked about it, which I am happy to hear and thus am calm myself. In Author we Trust.
- The story will pick up where it left us, Harry waves his kids goodbye while they enter the Hogwarts Express.
- Cursed Child is a collaboration baby, and not, per se, a child of Rowling alone as we’re used to. Three authors, Rowling among them, worked on this script, and it is officially an 8th story.
So that’s that. Another book on Harry Potter, no jokes, no tricks, no knock-off’s, no spin-off’s. And nobody really says it’s the last one either, which it could be, sure, but no one put a fist or a foot down on it. Anyway, I need it.