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Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — by J.K. ROWLING

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Cover image and summary from goodreads.com.

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Rating:  ★★★★★★★ (7 of 5, which I’ve never actually given any book before.)

Genre/Pages: Fantasy / 343

Summary: “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”

Cover Review: I love it. I love it so much. It’s perfect.

My Review: This will be my actual review. My next post will be my defense of Cursed Child, which will be me combatting the most common attacks I get for my public profession of my love of this book. I have now read this book three times, and I love it more each time.

So my friend Analee and I went to the midnight release party of this book at the giant Half-Price Books next to us, and you know what every HP fan was thinking:

 

So, this is a return to the Wizarding World in a play format. As someone who personally LOVES reading plays, that part wasn’t weird for me at all. It brings it’s own kind of special magic (though I absolutely am still hoping that they will do a film recording of the original cast performing it so that we can all watch their beautifullnes, cuz MAN that cast is amazing!). This isn’t Harry’s story, though. It’s the story of Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. 

Characters: It was like returning home. This is the same Harry Potter that we have all known and loved since 1997. He’s all grown up now, with kids of his own, and how all of these character’s interact is wonderfully faithful to the original series and the original character development. We automatically fall in love with the new characters, especially Scorpius. Oh man, I love Scorpius. He’s the best.

Sometimes, authors of plays have trouble making the heart and soul of character’s come across well in the scriptbook, but Jo & Company did not have that problem. These characters make you scream, they make you cry, they make you laugh, but most of all, they make you love them. They are real. They make dumb mistakes. They have poor judgement sometimes, but at the end of the day, the moral of Cursed Child is the same thing we’ve seen throughout the entire Harry Potter series: Love conquers all. Family and friends are more important than any prejudice or bias. No dark magic can stand against Harry & Friends because they are there “Until the very end.”

Plot: It was about 2 am by the end of part one, and Analee and I were hardcore freaking out. Like, we couldn’t handle this plot. The ending of part one had me torn between two equally strong emotions: 

 

Personally, I loved the plot. I thought it was perfectly faithful to the formula of the Original Series, while still being a story completely of it’s own. It brought new light to aspects of the wizarding world that I had only ever wondered about, and it gave me a greater love and understanding for this series and universe that Jo has so carefully and painstakingly created and allowed us to enter.

Reading this script book with an open mind was like visiting an old friend after a very, very long time — it was like returning home. Read it with an open mind and I promise you will not be disappointed. It’s action packed, it’s heartfelt, it’s poignant, and crazy fun. This is the best book ever. I loved it more than I can possibly put into words. I highly recommend this script book to Harry Potter fans of all ages. I think everyone should read this book. 

P.S. Pro tip: This book is best read aloud with friends, to get the full scope of the play. 

Content Advisory: Some deaths, and intense fantasy violence, but nothing graphic.

To Sum It Up: Me, right after finishing it:

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I Just had the Most Mind Blowing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Revelation

Check out my better articulated version HERE: https://creators.co/posts/4127433

 

imageY’all, I’m serious about this. It’s midnight and I was about to go to sleep, but I was video chatting with my friend Matthew who had just finished Cursed Child – and then it hit me! The Cursed Child theory / connection that no one has been talking about. I may be the first one who thought of this, I don’t know, but I need to share it with the world. Obvs, a detailed account of my Cursed Child midnight release party and my review of Cursed Child will be forthcoming – BUT THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT. I need to know what y’all think about this!

 

In case you hadn’t caught on yet: SPOILER ALERT. THIS POST WILL CONTAIN MAJOR SPOILERS FOR CURSED CHILD. YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED. GO AWAY NOW.

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Alright, my fellow Potterheads who have already read Cursed Child: here I go! This theory is not perfected yet, but I just had to get it out there in its rambling form.

Okay, two points: first: Why does Harry’s scar hurt? Voldy hasn’t returned when it first starts hurting.  Second point: Why does he hear Voldy’s voice? And Why does Harry speak Parsletongue? None of this has happened since Voldy died. But I believe that it’s at this point that Delphi Riddle has reached full Dark Lord power – she has learned to fly. (Side note: remember those giants Hermione was so worried about? THEY HAD WINGED TATOOS ON THEIR BACKS. This plot point was never resolved. Delphi is not staying in Azkaban. This story will continue! )

How is his scar hurting at her return possible? Yes, she has the blood of Voldy in her, but Harry no longer has Voldy in him. That part of Harry was destroyed in DH.

But. Get this. Voldy has Harry in him! Remember in The graveyard in Goblet of Fire? HARRY’S BLOOD was necessary to bring Voldy back to life. Lord Voldemort was reborn through Harry’s blood. This is what made it possible for him to touch Harry. Because he had Harry’s blood running through HIS veins.

Delphi is Voldemort’s blood daughter.

Delphini Riddle has Harry Potter’s blood in her veins.

*BOOM*

This is how they’re connected. She has his blood. Also, side note: she and Albus both share Harry’s blood! Intriguing, no?

 

Okay, Potterheads, weigh in! Am I crazy? What does all this mean? Help me out here, Potter fandom!

 

 

It’s July 31st! That can only mean four things….

You’re probably wondering what those four things are. Let me explain…

My photo, via Instagram. Photo links to my account. @escapingreality1bookatatime

My photo, via Instagram. Photo links to my account. @escapingreality1bookatatime

1. It’s J.K. Rowling’s 50th birthday! Happy Birthday, Queen Rowling!

Photo property of Light Up Jo's Birthday. Image links to fundraiser page.

Photo property of Light Up Jo’s Birthday. Image links to fundraiser page.

Her books have brought me happiness when I’ve been down. They’ve taught me about victory, even after suffering a horrible defeat. They taught me to be confident in myself. Words can’t really express how much I owe to her. I love her! She’s helped me so much. They’re the best books I’ve ever read.

Oh, Jo. Thank you!

2. It’s Harry Potter’s 35th birthday! Happy Birthday, Harry!

Image mine via Instagram. Photo links to my account @escapingreality1bookatatime

Image mine via Instagram. Photo links to my account @escapingreality1bookatatime

And Harry… Harry taught me that friends are more important than anything else. He taught me that anything is possible. And he taught me that love is the greatest weapon of all.

3. It’s J.A. Dalley’s 23rd birthday! Happy Birthday, James!

Image mine via Instagram. Photo links to my account @escapingreality1bookatatime

Image mine via Instagram. Photo links to my account @escapingreality1bookatatime

Author of the Almek Manning novels, my favorite YA military sci-fi series. Have you read it yet? If not you HAVE to check it out here! And to give you an idea of what it’s about…

The synopsis of the first book, the Zochtil:

Jump to the Stars! Join the Solar Fleet!

The Solar Fleet faces just two problems: one, the alien blockade that prevents any ship from leaving the solar system, and two, the United Monarchy of Europe, which is tying up most of the Solar Fleet’s resources, thus preventing them from attacking the blockade.

Almek Manning is eighteen and wishes to join the Solar Fleet as a midshipman and train at the Academy. However, Almek has a few problems of his own to overcome before he can go to the Academy, the first of which is to escape from a United Monarchy of Europe detention facility.

Go buy it now! You won’t regret it!

4. And finally…. the big announcement… I have a #Bookstagram account! 

Image links to my account: @escapingreality1bookatatime

Image links to my account: @escapingreality1bookatatime

So, maybe this wasn’t given for the 31st, but I figured it was as good a time as any to make my announcement. Head on over to Instagram and follow me for lots of bookish fun! You won’t regret it! Also, if you have any tips for new Bookstagramers, I would be ever so grateful for them! Y’all are the best!

Now go celebrate these 4 things! Have a wonderful day!

Tips for Bookstagrammers? Has Harry Potter / J.K. Rowling influenced your life? What do they mean to you? Have you donated to Light Up Jo’s Birthday yet? Followed me? ;) Comment below!

BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: Very Good Lives — By J.K. Rowling — Waiting on Wednesday

I’m publishing this a few hours early — cuz it’s just TOO EXCITING TO WAIT.

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I am so incredibly excited about this announcement. I read it on Mugglenet a few minutes ago, and almost screamed. No joke. So, OF COURSE, I was going to pick it for today’s Waiting on Wednesday! J.K. Rowling’s 2008 Harvard speech will now be released in illustrated hard cover form for the public enjoyment!!!!

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY NOW

Check out the official page here.

  

Quotes from Little Brown official site. Images as well. Click on image to go to goodreads book page.

Quotes from Little Brown official site. Images as well. Click on image to go to goodreads book page.

Very Good Lives

By J.K. freakin ROWLING

Publication date: April 14th, 2015.

Synopsis:

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling’s words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?

Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life’s most important issues with acuity and emotional force.

Sales of Very Good Lives will benefit Lumos, a charity organisation founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.

 

Okay, so I don’t even see the need to explain why I’m so excited because — HELLO. J.K. Rowling. THE JKR.  THIS JKR:

Good Old JK!

Good Old JK!

So, yes, of course I’m excited. I am a #Potterhead to the core. My very life revolves around Rowling. So, yeah, you can watch the speech here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UibfDUPJAEU

But why on earth should that mean I can’t be excited about it anyway? It’s a new book with the name J.K. Rowling on my shelf. It may not be new material, but it’s certainly inspiring. J.K. Rowling is a wonderful icon, and has many words of wisdom to share. If all that wasn’t enough — the profits of this book go to Lumos, an AMAZING charity organization which you can learn more about, and donate to, here. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-children-with-disabilities-go-to-school

Are you a Potterhead? What are your thoughts?

What’s your “Waiting On” book for the week?

Attention All Potterheads! No More School, No More Rules.

Severus Snape and the Marauders — A Harry Potter Fan Film

School’s Out. 

Click on the image to be directed to the Kickstarter page! Image and quotes from the Harry Potter Untold Tales Facebook page, and the Kickstarter page.

Click on the image to be directed to the Kickstarter page! Image and quotes from the Harry Potter Untold Tales Facebook page, and the Kickstarter page.

“The filmmakers who brought you “The Greater Good – Dumbledore and Grindelwald” want to bring young Snape and the Marauders to life!”

SIDE NOTE: “Bring them to life”: BECAUSE THEY’RE ALL DEAD NOW.  *Runs into corner and begins to sob*

They're all dead, Jim.

They’re all dead, Jim.

Do you remember The Greater Good? No? Then you probably just haven’t seen it! CLICK HERE. You want to watch it! It’s a 20 minute long spectacular fan film about the duel between Dumbledore and Grindelwald — The one that killed Arianna. (sp?) Anyway, now our amazing director Justin Zagri wants to tell the story of Severus Snape and the Marauders post-Hogwarts, Pre-Death. (Obviously). I’m on the social networking crew of this amazing film, so I’m here to tell you ALL about it!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/911680275/snape-marauders-film/widget/video.html

FIRST OF ALL, WordPress wouldn’t let me embed a video. So click the link to watch the trailer! CLICK IT! You know you want to!

…. Have you clicked it yet?

… Now?

Okay, good. Wasn’t that AMAZING???

Now, I know you’re all asking…

How do I watch the whole thing?

Well, I have the answer. If you help us fund it via Kickstarter, not only will you get amazing perks (see perks below), but you can also help to make this film the very best it can be. You won’t regret it!

Click to go to the Kickstarter page!

Click to go to the Kickstarter page!

Pretty awesome right? But what’s the story, you ask? What’s the film about?

“Snape, Lily, and The Marauders have graduated Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At a local pub, James Potter and his friends Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew, reminisce about their last seven years, and contemplate their future. Snape heads to the same pub in the hopes of finding Lily and making amends after inadvertently ruining their friendship two years before. When James spots his old rival, thinking about the war they are to join and the part Snape might play, James decides to do something about him once and for all.

The story will be from Snape’s perspective, but is just as much a Marauders story as it is about Snape, and all characters will be treated objectively and fairly. It is about the reality of the wizarding world at the time and the choices they make after Hogwarts can no longer protect them.”

AND, in addition to ALL OF THAT… Check out our amazing cast! Wonderful casting, BTW, whoever did that. Especially James. Even without seeing him act beyond those few seconds it is PERFECT.

Look at this beautiful cast!

Look at this beautiful cast!

Because everybody is amazing, we’ve already hit our first goal — so the film is definitely being made. BUT, if you want this to be the very best film possible… Please, help us reach our stretch goals! 22 more days! Let’s get it to Stretch Goal #3!

Photo and quote from Kickstarter: "We get better equipment, an extra shooting day, and more crew! ALSO, if we hit this budget, everyone who donated $10 or more gets a free digital copy of the movie AND digital press kit! Complete with concept art, script notes, behind the scenes photos, everything!"

Photo and quote from Kickstarter: “We get better equipment, an extra shooting day, and more crew! ALSO, if we hit this budget, everyone who donated $10 or more gets a free digital copy of the movie AND digital press kit! Complete with concept art, script notes, behind the scenes photos, everything!”

Photo and image from Kickstarter: "The movie is entirely funded! The visual effects, music and sound are covered. Everyone who donates $25 or more gets a free signed poster! If you donated by the time we hit our initial goal, you get two! If you also did the new $60 perk, you get three!"

Photo and quote from Kickstarter: “The movie is entirely funded! The visual effects, music and sound are covered. Everyone who donates $25 or more gets a free signed poster! If you donated by the time we hit our initial goal, you get two! If you also did the new $60 perk, you get three!”

Photo and Quote from Kickstarter: "We make a SECOND FILM based on the short story J.K. Rowling wrote about James & Sirius being chased down by a couple of police officers!"

Photo and Quote from Kickstarter: “We make a SECOND FILM based on the short story J.K. Rowling wrote about James & Sirius being chased down by a couple of police officers!”

I know this post has been VERY picture heavy… but there are just SO MANY AMAZING pictures! Like this poster. vvv Share it with your friends! Plus, a new perk: “NEW PERK! NEW INCENTIVES FOR EXTENDED GOALS! (oh and new poster)

Please, Kickstart it!

Please, Kickstart it!

“We have a new perk! $60 gets you a free signed poster! We only offered posters for people who donated $25 or more before 3pm Saturday Nov 15th. Now you have another chance! If you have already donated and raise your donation to $60, you get two posters!

If we reach $23,000, everyone who donated $25 or more gets a digital press kit! It will have a scanned copy of the script with production notes, behind the scenes photos, concept art and AND a digital copy of the film!

If we reach $30,000, everyone who donated $25 or more gets a free signed poster! That’s a potential three signed posters you can get!

If you have already pledged, we cannot thank you enough and ask you to share! Show your friends this new poster of James and Lily!” ~ From the Harry Potter Untold Tales FB page

If ALL of this isn’t enough, there have been some amazing Q&A’s going on with the cast. Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/hpuntoldtales . You’re gonna want to read these. They’re beautiful.

So, VERY long story short: Pledge on Kickstarter, Like on Facebook, Subscribe on Youtube. Make this film happen!

 

#SnapeMaraudersFilm

Thanks all!

Love,

❤ Lynette ❤

P.S. Do you write fan fiction? Then you have an amazing opportunity via this project. Win a chance to be in the film!

P.S. More beautiful pictures all credited to The FB page of these wonderful people:

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A Literary Halloween!

I love Halloween By far, my favorite part is getting to dress up as a literary character. Last year, I was Alyss Mainwaring from the Ranger’s Apprentice series. This year, I was…

Drumroll, please!

Queen Lucy the Valiant of Narnia!

Lucy Pevensie, of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia fame. I did have a LOT of fun with this one. It’s been a childhood dream of mine to be a Narnian (as probably presented by my Pinterest board). Since I’d gone with a more formal, dressy look last year, I decided to show case Lucy’s outfit from the Dawn Treader movie. Also, it worked much better with my actual age… ;) I am indeed carrying a replica of Lucy’s dagger, along with Lucy’s vial, and, just to tip people off as to my identity, her crown.

I truly enjoyed this costume, even though the majority of the people just thought I was “a pirate.” But those who WERE able to guess my costume… they were what made the whole thing worth it. Plus, I just felt pretty awesome in that outfit. I wonder what would happen if I wore it out in public more often… haha.

Anyway, there was one more aspect to my literary halloween: My pumpkin!

This pumpkin was a double meaning. Most interpreted it as a general Harry Potter reference. Which it was. But there was more to it. That butterfly like shape? The logo of J.K. Rowling’s charity, Lumos.

Lumos themselves responded to my tweet about my pumpkin, saying:

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Do you go all out for Halloween? What do you think of my costume? Comment below with pics/links to pics of your Literary Halloween costumes! I’d love to see them!

#SHELFIE

So, I decided to hop on the bandwagon. However, when I took the #Shelfie I was in a hurry to get to school, so it’s not a very high quality one. Anyway, this is one of my 5 personal bookshelves. It’s my personal favorite. Isn’t it beautiful? In my room, I own about 400 ish books. 50 of which are signed by the author. In my house? Well, let’s just say, I wouldn’t want to attempt to count them. Each room has at least one, if not two, bookshelves, and then we have a library and hall which are floor to ceiling bookshelves, soo…

Anyway, I thought this was a good way to begin the end of the hiatus! Enjoy!

 

My shelf!

My shelf!

Since it’s such a terrible picture, I figure an explanation is in order. My top shelf has my legend books. Le Morte D’Arthur, Sherwood Forest, etc. They’re mostly Robin Hood and Arthurian legends, my two personal favorites. It also houses some of the spillover Harry Potter memorabilia. :)

The second shelf is part of my Harry Potter collection. I have the full Mary Grandpre editions, half of the original British children’s editions, plus tons of related books such as Page to Screen, Harry Potter and the Art of Spying, We Love You Harry Potter, We’ll Tell You Why, etc.

The third shelf is my Work and the Glory collection. Along with a few carefully placed vintage books that I’ll probably never read, but they LOOK gorgeous! This is the closest my shelf’s have ever come to pretty over practical.

The fourth shelf is a bunch of my random books that I love, along with a few of the horses from my Breyer collection. I’ve got The Illiad, Four, Lincoln, 7 Habits of Highly Effective teens, Gregor and the Code of the Claw, the Buffy books, and more.

The fifth shelf didn’t fit in my frame. I’ll try to post a high quality image of this shelfie soon, so if you can’t read the titles now, just wait a few hours!

Love,

Lynette ❤