12:11pm, 3rd August, 2016
‘There once was a boy named Harry,
Destined to be a star.
His parents were killed by Voldemort,
Who gave him a lightening scar.’
I have heard people say, “Harry Potter has been my childhood!”. What about people like me whose entire life revolves around the life of that 11 year old who received his Hogwarts letter? What about that pain when Deathly Hallows was released and Rowling parted by saying that Hogwarts will always be there to welcome us home?Well, she was right. Wasn’t she? Hogwarts is still there, standing gigantic, and so is Albus Severus Potter, the second son of Harry James Potter, ready to head to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and take the legacy forward.
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Luckily for fans all over the world, Pottermania is not over yet. ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’, a play in two parts hogged the London limelight on the 36th birthday of Harry Potter, 31st July 2016. This portrays the domesticated version of Harry, who is an overworked employee at the Auror Department of the Ministry of Magic. The story revolves around his son Albus, who has the weight of taking the name of the family towards greater horizons.
The sequel has gathered tremendous attention. The Telegraph says, “It’s a triumph. It grips, it stirs, it delights.” The Financial Times has got to say something as well, “For the muggles (non-magic folk) the creative team has certainly brewed up a wizard show.”. “It’s out of this world magic, it’s magic and it’s a hit!”, shouts out The Times.
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This play, directed by Jack Thorne, takes us where Deathly Hallows left us. Nineteen years later at Platform Nine and Three Quarters, remember? It is the eighth story in the series and the first to be performed on stage in front of a live audience who at one point of time in their life had seen Harry head to Hogwarts and are now seeing his son at The Palace Theatre, London. It is based on an original new story by JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Go back with me. Visualise the first time when you held ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ in your hands. The time when your fingers were small and you had no idea that you would be ready to wait for a lifetime to see a day when Harry’s son would go to Hogwarts. How does it feel?
The Golden Trio is performed by another set of artists. We were so used to Dan, Rupert and Emma that it would take time to accept their older forms. Jamie Parker, a 36 year old theatre actor is playing the part of Harry Potter. Paul Thornley, who has starred in movies like Les Miserables, is Ronald Weasley. The 46 year old Noma Dumezweni is Hermione Granger.
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But dearest fans, it is not entirely Rowling who is to be thanked for this return. She hasn’t written the script, but has co-written the story. Producer Sonia Friedman and her collaborator Colin Callender were the first people to have the idea to put a new Harry Potter play on stage. It was their brainchild. How on earth do I thank them, Lord?
Will there be a book? Yes, chap! That’s the reason for my smile. There are 2 versions of the script which can be added to the book collection; a special rehearsal edition of the script and a definitive collector’s edition. Have you grabbed your copy yet?
This script in the book form has driven the world crazy. Do you know that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was Barnes and Noble’s most pre-ordered book since 2007’s Deathly Hallows? Well, that didn’t come as a surprise actually. Furthermore, Amazon books said that Cursed Child was already its top US pre-order in print and on Kindle ebook of 2016.
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How do you feel getting to visit The Wizarding World again? We would see Hogwarts and Quidditch and The Three Broomsticks! It brings back so many memories, the memories that won’t ebb with time, the memories that will always linger in the echoing corridors of our hearts!
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