L: FEELINGS ABOUND: “HP & the Cursed Child”

Don’t worry, this is not a review. No chance of spoilers. I’m really just wanting to get some feelings out there, because HOT DANG, are there a lot of feelings coursing through my body right now. I don’t want to do a review, though, and I’ll tell you why. Before reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I knew very little about the subject, except that it takes place later and focuses on one of Harry’s kids. Truly, that was the extent of my knowledge. I could not be happier with that general lack of information, since every page contained surprises, mentions, cameos and more that gave me so much joy in each surprise.

 

I am a person who hates surprises, even good ones, for the most part. I want to be in the know, so much so that I made Hannah tell me who died in each HP book before I would read it. With each passing year, I think my brain ejects more and more of my memories in order make room for more emotions and feelings, much to my dismay. So, now, when confronted with a surprise, not only am I reminded of my lack of control of my life, but I also get really emotional about stupid things.

All this to say, I cried a great deal while reading this book. 90% of this is due to my obsession with the series and the unquantifiable amount of love that I feel for these characters, but also I think much of this can be attributed to my own memories of teen experiences and my worries for my future students. Life is hard for teens; relationships with parents can be… turbulent; now imagine being the son of The Boy Who Lived, and those difficulties understandably multiply. All in all, I’m so excited for me! I just read something I never thought would exist and it was every bit as powerful, progressive, mature, reminiscent, and individualized as I ever could have hoped it would be. But more than that, I truly cannot wait to put this into the hands of students. This book deals with some very relevant issues to which teens just seem to relate. Cursed Child does a great job of showing multiple perspectives, so maybe readers who relate to Albus Potter’s trials and tribs will gain perspective while reading Harry’s thoughts, and vice-versa.

Undoubtedly, this is a powerful read for adults and children, alike.

Now, let’s talk about the screenplay format. SO WHAT?! WHO CARES?! BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU GET!! Okay, done talking about that.

IMG_20160731_240409297_HDRYes, miracle of miracles, I did stay awake long enough to relive my days of youth by going to the midnight release. I wasn’t going to originally. I pre-ordered the book so access to a copy was never an issue and Honey Girl is getting to the point where at 10:05… I’m OUT! However, when I thought about it, I realized that I never thought I’d would get to do a midnight release of HP ever again, so passing on it just because I’m emotionally elderly just seemed ill-conceived. If anything is worth a late night, it’s a Harry Potter release. So I went and there is photographic proof.

On a sidebar to that, I now need to give a quick shout out to my mother for being the best mom in the world. We lived over an hour away from the nearest release location back in the day, so not only would she let me stay up and attend a midnight release with the rabid masses, but she would drive for over an hour to get my butt there and then drive for an hour back home (in complete silence since I was reading and needed silence). I live like 8 miles from Avid Bookshop, so that distance and prolonged sleepiness wasn’t even a factor and, still, I was effectively zombified by 10:30. She is a true champ and book enabler and she deserves a cake and a lifetime of gratitude. She already has the gratitude, so now I need to make her a cake.

Anyway, appreciate your parents, read it, and PLEASE someone discuss with me!!!!

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12 responses to “L: FEELINGS ABOUND: “HP & the Cursed Child”

  1. I was two pages in when I lost it, I got very emotional because it was the epilogue of Deathly Hallows and I felt very nostalgic so I just cried. 😅😅💞💞

  2. I’m so glad to see some positivity about CC. It’s definitely a nostalgia trip. I will have a review of it soon…I am one of the people who really was not a fan of it, but I am interested to hear what people did like about it. Glad you liked it and had a fun time at the release!

    • I’m so fascinated by that! I can’t wait to read your review. I mean, everything has flaws and the crazy high expectations for it definitely didn’t help, but I’m interested to learn why some disliked it. I just was in utter heaven. Can’t wait for yours!

  3. Admittedly, I did have a few issues with the story itself but there were parts I really loved. The reading experience was amazing though. I felt so nostalgic. I got quite emotional too and cried a fair bit haha.

  4. I’m about 100 pages in and I agree with everything you said. I was a bit uncertain about the script format (which was one reason I nearly wasn’t going to buy it on release day, but then I went ahead and did it), but it’s been really easy to read and I don’t think it takes away from the experience at all. I think because such a vivid picture of the wizarding world was painted in the previous books, it’s made it easier to fill in the blanks, so to speak.

    • Totally agree! I was worried about the format but it took just a few pages for my brain to adjust to ignoring the names and then it was a piece of cake. I loved it so so much and I hope you were still happy upon finishing it!!

      • So happy. I finished it on the train last night and I may or may not have cried a little bit at a certain part that I won’t say because spoilers. But it’s to do with someone being there for something they probably thought they’d never see (that probably makes no sense).

        • It makes all the sense to me and YES! I was ugly crying. Like gross levels. It’s been a long time since I was so affected by a text. Still… just rambling… so in love…

  5. I can TOTALLY relate!!!! I also cried without knowing exactly why but I was so emotional!!! Honestly I loved the storyline and all the little details that finally came together at the end like we would expect for a HP story! Ahh don’t you just want to read it again?!?! -M xo

    • YES, thank you!! I’m surprised by all the people who disliked it so I’m really glad to see another die-hard fan!! Loved all the surprises and all the tidbits that we didn’t know from the originals. Loved it. Rereading now!!

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