Hey guys! So, if you have been following this blog for a while, you would know that I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan! My dad read the books to my siblings and me when we were little, when I couldn’t even understand what was going on. However, he continued reading, and I eventually realized that these books were amazing. The story-line was something perfect, and so when I was old enough to be able to read myself, Harry Potter was one of the first books that I read. Even though multiple of the books were out when I first started reading them, I still grew up on the books. I would not be where I am today if Harry Potter wasn’t a part of my life, and I don’t think a lot of us would be. Harry Potter shaped my childhood, and shaped who I am today. This is why, when about two years ago when it was announced that there was going to be a Harry Potter play, called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I was ecstatic. I had absolutely no idea what it was going to be about, but just knowing that there was going to be an extension of the Harry Potter world in some form, it was amazing.
Yesterday however, the plot was announced, and the entire Potter fandom freaked. We are getting an
eighth story. They are continuing the story from where it left off. The tagline for the play is “The Eighth Story, Nineteen Years Later”.
The official plot for the story is this:
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 was completely fangirling for many, many hours after this was announced. I mean, I still am freaking out and fangirling about this play. However, it sort of died down, and turned into a little bit of disappointment and confusion, when I realized that this was a play. It was a play, which at least for now was only premiering in London. How was I, living in Australia, going to be able to watch a play that was only showing in London?
This doesn’t just apply to me. Potterheads from all over the world started to wonder the exact same thing. How were they going to be able to experience this amazing story, the continuation of a story that we have all loved and grown up with, if they didn’t live in London? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is still in the early stages, and you never know. There could be a professionally filmed version of the play for people to see all over the world, the play could tour the world for others to see, or there may even be a book written for the play.
However, those things, if they were to even happen, are very far down the road. The play itself premieres in June 2016, which means that for people that have no way to see the play in London, it could be years before we find out more about what happened nineteen years later.
Don’t get me wrong, I am super excited to eventually see what happens in this play. If J.K. Rowling thought that the best way to get across her new story, would be by showing it up on stage, then I trust her. Though, by having thousands and millions of Harry Potter fans around the world, and then making the eighth story available to not even a tenth of those fans, just does not feel like a very smart idea.
J.K. Rowling herself said:
Do I wish that our long awaited eighth story, sequel, to the Harry Potter series would have been released in a different format? Yes. Do I wish that that format had been in a book? Absolutely. I just hope that they somehow find a way to get this story to all other Potterheads around the world.
I would absolutely hate to miss out on this amazing sequel to my favourite series of all time, just because I didn’t live in the right place.
Harry Potter will always be a huge part of my life. I re-read the books all the time, and have multiple movie marathons a year. My dream place to go would be the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, or to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida. I am a huge Potterhead, and I always will be. I hope that I will be able to see this continuation of the Wizarding World in some way, and that I will be able to experience the continuation of the magic that J.K. Rowling has created.
If you would like to hear more about the play and some official information on it, you can check it out here:
I’m sorry about this rant, I just felt really strongly about the subject, and it’s all that I have been able to think about for the last 24 hours or so.
I hope that some of you guys share my same feelings on this topic, and I'd love to hear your thoughts and feels in the comments. I am still super excited for this play, and I can’t wait to see how it plays out. I just hope that I get to see this for myself, and not through somebody else’s eyes.
I should have another blog post up for you very soon. Thanks for reading, and I will talk to you next time!