Read: July 2016
Harry Potter series
- Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone
- Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets
- Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
- Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix
- Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince
- Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows
- Harry Potter & The Cursed Child
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
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. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
I find it so funny that my first post with book thoughts on the blog after coming back after a long, long time, would be thoughts about the latest Harry Potter. The thing is, I wasn’t always a reader. It was just before university that I realized I loved reading (though I never did read as voraciously as I have in these past years). I was an English minor and I steered towards the classes that had me reading, anything from short stories to children’s literature to some of the most well-known books in the world. And I loved it!
It was in university that I discovered Harry Potter. A friend of mine had been reading the books and I remember making fun of her for it. I mean, they were kids’ books! Who read kids’ books? I believe she was on the third book in the series when I finally picked it up myself. Boy, did I feel bad for making fun of my friend! These books were awesome!
I remember waiting patiently for the next books to come out and when I got my hands on them, I’d carry them with me everywhere. Waiting for something to heat up in the microwave? Read the book! Waiting for a phone call? Read the book! Waiting for someone to get out of the bathroom? Read the book! Seriously, if I had any kind of free time, be it 10 seconds or an hour, I couldn’t get enough. I had to get through these books and figure out what happened to Harry and his friends!
I believe that’s what got me into reading books that were written for a younger audience. I stopped being such a snob and praised people for reading anything, instead of scolding them for what I thought they should be reading. (Of course, I didn’t naturally dive into reading all matters of middle grade and YA after that – Twilight takes the credit for that course in my reading history – but that’s another story)
ANYWAY, I was a bit on the fence about reading this particular book, the final book in the Harry Potter series. First off, I wondered if it would be just as exciting as reading the previous books. And second, could I handle reading a play? I had only read Shakespeare plays and with those I usually read them with the audiobook playing in the background just so I could better understand what was going on. The fact that this was a play was definitely something that made me NOT want to buy this book, but then nostalgia had the better of me. I realized that my Harry Potter collection was starting to grow, with special edition books and beautiful illustrated hardcovers. I knew that I needed this book in my collection!
So I bought it. And then when I realized that my preorder would ship to me at least three days after the release, I bought it again as a digital copy. And I devoured it in one day! My husband was making fun of me for wandering around with my iPad but I had to finish the story. I loved that I had all the feels as I started reading the story, meeting all the old friends – Harry, Ron, and Hermione. I loved all the throwbacks to the old series as Harry’s son started at Hogwarts. I loved the action and the time traveling and the finality of the story by the end.
The only thing that was hard to get past was the play part – there was a serious lack of detail that really had to be made up in my head. Having been in the world through books and movies, though, that wasn’t hard. It was easy to imagine the beautiful witch and wizard robes and the spark of power around the incantations of spells. And it really wasn’t hard to picture all of these characters in my head and the friendship they all had. By the end, it didn’t feel like I was reading a play at all!
This was a wonderful, nostalgic trip and even though I’m in my mid-thirties I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Upon finishing, I wondered when I would be able to start reading the books to my children, to get them as excited about this particular world as I am. Harry Potter is definitely one of those stories that will live on forever!