By Alex Doria
With the arrival of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child set to appear on bookshelves everywhere on July 31st, now is the perfect time to reminisce about the good old days when we were all clamoring for the next Harry Potter book and taking transparent online quizzes to figure out which Hogwarts house we would be sorted into (Is your favorite color red, green, blue, or yellow?!).
When the news broke that a continuation of the Harry Potter series was in the works, the media had a field day, and for good reason. Harry Potter is one of most beloved and successful franchises out there—I mean, come on, it has its own theme park! Not to mention that you can tour the actual sets in London at Leavesden Studios (since they figured they would make more money with Harry Potter tours than just making movies there, NBD). And the merch is seriously magical from chocolate frogs and replica wands, to House scarves and tickets for the Hogwarts Express.
The kid in all of us remembers when we turned eleven and sadly did not receive a letter of acceptance from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (this rejection has now been compounded by J.K. Rowling releasing the news that a North American wizard school, Ilvermorney, exists in Massachusetts, but we can all pretend with our Pottermore accounts). But we would make t-shirts and hand-made wands, and draw lightening bolt scars on our foreheads. That kind of love does not disappear with time.
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child premiered on June 7th in London at the Palace Theatre to great praise and success, as well as secrecy. J.K. Rowling herself asked theatre goers to keep the plot of the play a secret, not only so they wouldn’t spoil it for others who are lucky enough to see it live (I’m so envious that I can feel myself turning green!) but also for the rest of us who live on the other side of the world and have to wait for our printed script of the play. We might be muggles (or No-maj) but we can pull off some seriously magical feats when we put our minds to it.
Now the question is, are we ready to dive back into the world of Harry Potter? Obviously, the answer is yes!