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PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2015 1:57 pm    Post subject: JK Rowling's new play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Reply with quote

JK Rowling's new play, on London's West end, will feature Harry Potter as an adult.

New details announced about 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child', the 'eighth story'

23rd October 2015

More details have been announced about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the new play based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, which receives its world premiere in London's West End at the Palace Theatre in the summer of 2016.

Following the reveal of the play's artwork, it was announced that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will start where the seventh book left off, and is the eighth story in the series, and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Olivier and Tony award winner John Tiffany, the play brings together some of the most exciting talent working in the theatre today. The play will open for priority booking on the 28th October 2015, and public booking on 30th October.

A synopsis of the play reads:

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.

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

"It is very exciting to explore Harry's world in a brand new way through the live form of theatre. Collaborating on this story is exhilarating for all of us and we can't wait to present the eighth story at the Palace Theatre next summer."

J.K. Rowling said:

"The story only exists because the right group of people came together with a brilliant idea about how to represent Harry Potter on stage. I'm confident that when audiences see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they will understand why we chose to tell this story in this way."

Jack Thorne said:

"To be working again with John Tiffany to bring Harry Potter to the stage in a new story is an amazing opportunity. As a massive fan of the books it is an enormous responsibility but it also means I have the opportunity to work with J.K. Rowling, which is a huge honour."

John Tiffany said:

"Theatre is storytelling in its purest form. It can be simple, transformative and magical, all at the same time. That's what makes theatre unique and the opportunity to tell the new Harry Potter story in this way is beyond exciting."

The play is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin Callender's Playground Entertainment and Harry Potter Theatrical Productions.

Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender said:

"We are very proud to have assembled some of the finest creative talent working in the theatre today to bring to the stage this epic story of love, courage, adventure and the power of the imagination from J.K. Rowling's Wizarding World. With reduced preview tickets starting at £10 per part, regular tickets starting at £15 per part and the weekly and daily lotteries we have set out to make the play accessible to the widest theatre going audience."

Featuring a cast of over 30, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two parts. Both parts are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening), or on two consecutive evenings. Full details are at the official website:

www.HarryPotterthePlay.com
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:44 pm    Post subject: JK Rowling's new play Reply with quote

Did anyone ever see this, or heard anything about it?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:14 pm    Post subject: The Cursed Child book Reply with quote

OK people yesterday I was out shopping with Miss Thirteen and we saw The Cursed Child book for sale in Dymocks Bookshop so we bought it and started looking at it last night..

It is the play and therefore each line the actors are saying on stage is in the book along with different scenes etc. I won't out any spoilers in it in case some of you might want to get the book and read it but an unusual friendship is involved and which houses people are sorted into.Harry's eldest son James is portrayed with much the same character as his namesake grandfather James and I felt I could give him a hard smack for the say he torments Albus Severus. Draco's son turns out to be a nice kid but rumours about who is father really is abound and that upsets the whole family. His mother in particular who seems to be gerttng very ill and might even die... Poor Asteria I feel so sorry for her. I haven't finished reading it yet but if anyone else is reading it let me know what you think.

I think maybe Jo should stop writing about Harry Potter now because reading this book the way it is set out is a bit of a let down and though the storyline seems not too bad I feel a bit disappointed the way it is presented as a play in the book. It probably works a lot better on stage although it is a big change having a black Hermione after we have become so used to a white one in the films... super grin
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:52 pm    Post subject: Re: The Cursed Child book Reply with quote

inkling7 wrote:
I think maybe Jo should stop writing about Harry Potter now because reading this book the way it is set out is a bit of a let down and though the storyline seems not too bad I feel a bit disappointed the way it is presented as a play in the book. It probably works a lot better on stage although it is a big change having a black Hermione after we have become so used to a white one in the films... super grin

I saw it advertised on Amazon and was toying with the idea of buying and reading it, but what you wrote makes me hesitate. A black Hermione??? What a weird idea... Eek
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 10:59 pm    Post subject: Read At Your Own Risk: 4 Shocking Plot Spoilers Reply with quote

Read At Your Own Risk: 4 Shocking Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Plot Spoilers

http://www.people.com/article/harry-potter-cursed-child-book-spoilers

The new Harry Potter book is finally here!

When Potter scribe J.K. Rowling revealed that she was working on a play (alongside playwright Jack Thorne and John Tiffany) set 19 years after the book series ended, fans were immediately concerned that not everyone would get the opportunity to attend and see what their favorite characters were up to.

But Rowling, being the ever-generous author that she is, quickly quelled all fears when she announced the script book would be released on July 31. And although Rowling tried to keep spoilers at bay with the #KeepTheSecrets movement, details of the plot have been online ever since early June when the play first went into previews in London.

We round up four of the most shocking spoilers from the play below!

Whited out for those who don't want to know. wink

1. Albus Severus is sorted into ... Slytheryn?!

Yup, that's right – there's a Potter in Slytheryn! The fate of Harry's second son is finally revealed 9 years after the epilogue scene in Deathly Hallows left fans wondering where exactly he would land once he got to Hogwarts.

And once he's a Slytheryn, Albus quickly makes unlikely friends with none other than Scorpius Malfoy – Draco's son. The two introverted boys bond over the pressures of living up to their family legacies and the rumor that Voldemort might actually be Scorpius's real father.

2. Hermione is the Minister of Magic!
This one is just cool! Our favorite witch is revealed to be the future Minister of Magic – and Harry's boss.

It really only makes sense that the smartest witch of her age goes on to oversee the wizarding world. Before Cursed Child, we only knew that Hermione was working in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, but this is certainly a cool promotion!

The implications of a Muggle-born holding the highest recognized office also gives us a glimpse at the state of the future wizarding world, almost 20 years after Voldemort was defeated.

3. Not all the Time Turners were destroyed in the Order of the Phoenix battle at the Ministry
When former Slytheryn student Thedore Nott is arrested, an illegal Time Turner is found in his possession. As you can imagine, this leads to lot of time traveling misadventures.

In fact, the bulk of the plot deals with Albus and Scorpius using the Time Turner several times and then having to deal with the consequences.

4. Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange have a daughter named Delphi
First introduced into the story claiming to be Amos Diggory's niece, Delphi is actually Voldemort and Bellatrix's secret daughter who is deceiving Albus to try and bring her father back from the dead and have him rise to power once again.

Delphi plays a major role in the play as the main antagonist to Albus and Scorpius, although the former might fall for the older witch.

And thanks to Delphi and some crazy Time Turner action, the climax of the play finds the boys and their parents back where the original story began – in Godric's Hollow as Voldemort is about to murder James and Lily and attempt to kill the Boy Who Lived.

You'll have to actually read the book to see how that plays out!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:22 pm    Post subject: Rather disappointed Reply with quote

Well I am about two thirds of the way through the book and feel rather disappointed in it. I might add that some of my Facebook friends love it while others feel the same as I do.

You have to visualise it as a play when you read it and not as a book but the story seems all over the place each act due to time turners, the Diggory's being involved. I felt sad when Draco and son lost wife and mother but Harry himself got on my nerves a bit because he resented Albus and Scorpius being best friends.

About Hermione being black well the actress in the play on the stage in London is black and Jo was fine with that.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:25 pm    Post subject: The most WTF plot twist J.K. Rowling’s ever devised Reply with quote

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/08/03/we-need-to-talk-about-the-ending-to-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child.html?via=newsletter&source=DDAfternoon

We Need to Talk About the Ending to ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’
The identity of the villain in the eighth Harry Potter story is perhaps the most WTF plot twist J.K. Rowling’s ever devised. [Warning: Major Spoilers!]

(Warning: there are spoilers ahead for Cursed Child Parts One and Two!)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth story in J.K. Rowling’s beloved epic about the Boy Who Lived, is spellbinding in the best, most familiar of Potter ways and also completely fucking bananas in some of the worst.

It’s packed with prophecies, tragedies, hairpin plot turns, riddles, magic, and explosive revelations. Everything the series is famous for, revived and distilled into a fun and captivating—if slightly sacrilegious to Potter purists—two-part play. Some of it is so deranged it’s almost transcendent: the Trolley Witch, for instance, morphs into a terrifying monster with spiky hands who hurls pumpkin pasty grenades at children atop the Hogwarts Express. The moment is baffling, bonkers, and frankly glorious.

Then there are the more questionable elements: Ron Weasley bizarrely gifts a love potion (aka the Wizarding World equivalent to a roofie) to his teenage nephew, Albus. There’s Time-Turning, in part thanks to a secret stash of Dark Magic memorabilia Draco Malfoy never thought to tell anyone about until just now. And there’s a fascinating alternate reality in which Harry dies, Voldemort takes over the world, and Severus Snape survives—all of which hinges on the humiliation of…Cedric Diggory?

But we’re here to discuss the most WTF plot twist of all, a moment more bitterly divisive than anything in Harry Potter canon since, well, the original Book 7 epilogue that kicks off the plot of Cursed Child. I’m talking about the revelation of Voldemort’s secret love child. It’s true: The Dark Lord sired a now twenty-something daughter with his dutiful worshipper and right-hand lieutenant Bellatrix Lestrange. Surprise! Now you too have the unfortunate image of Voldemort having sex forever seared in your brain!

Delphi “Diggory,” as she first introduces herself to Albus and Draco’s son Scorpius, can fly sans broomstick and speak Parseltongue, just like Dad. She flirts with/manipulates the boys into using a Time-Turner and traveling back to 1994 to meddle with that year’s Triwizard Tournament. To fulfill a prophecy heralding Voldemort’s return, she forces them to stop Cedric from winning the Tournament with Harry, thus saving the dreamy Hufflepuff from death by the Dark Lord’s wand.

When that doesn’t work, she goes straight to the source of Voldemort’s downfall: Godric’s Hollow 1981, where Harry’s parents died to save him and where the strength of his mother’s love created a charm powerful enough to send the Dark Lord underground for 10 years. If he’d never cursed Harry, Delphi figures, Voldemort would have only grown in power—and the world would still be consumed by darkness.

That’s the “why” of Delphi, the play’s titular Cursed Child. As she confesses to a “Voldemort” who is really Harry in Transfigured disguise, “I have devoted my life to being a child you could be proud of.” She spent years in isolation from the Wizarding World then, all at once, became aware of her own destiny—a lot like Harry when he was young.

The “how” of her existence is a little bit murkier.

Delphi explains to Harry-as-Voldemort that she was born inside Malfoy Manor “before the Battle of Hogwarts.” It was Bellatrix’s husband, Rodolphus Lestrange, who filled Delphi in on her true parentage upon his return from Azkaban and told her about the resurrection prophecy he believed she’d fulfill. It’s a classic Rowling twist: new, earth-shattering information woven into a pre-existing narrative, like a crucial puzzle piece you never realized was missing. But in the case of Voldemort’s secret spawn, some fans are calling bullshit.

There is no indication in the year-long period covered by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (or in the books that came before) that Bellatrix was ever pregnant. She was hardly MIA from the time she moved into Malfoy Manor: she attacked the Order of the Phoenix, killed Sirius Black, procured a copy of Gryffindor’s sword, and tortured Hermione, all before the Battle of Hogwarts.

It’s also odd to think that the Malfoys wouldn’t have known about their houseguest’s impending bundle of joy. (Do nine-month-long Confundus Charms exist?) Draco, at least, fails to mention it in either book—though Cursed Child, to be fair, does give him a compelling reason not to: he hates rumors of Voldemort’s baby because his son, Scorpius, is rumored to be the No. 1 contender and has long been bullied for it. (Even if Draco knew, after all, he couldn’t have proved it since Delphi went missing for so long.)

Still, Voldemort and Bellatrix did share a, uh, connection: after Voldemort is knocked to the ground near the end of Deathly Hallows, a voice murmurs, “My Lord…my Lord…” Rowling writes: “It was Bellatrix’s voice, and she spoke as if to a lover.” Rowling confirmed Bellatrix’s unrequited love for Voldemort in a 2007 PotterCast interview, saying, “Bellatrix is madly, romantically in love with Voldemort…She’s madly in love with this man, and obsessed by him.”

And what about poor Rodolphus? “[Bellatrix] took a pureblood husband, because that was what was expected of her, but her true love was always Voldemort,” Rowling said in a live chat that same year.

We can be sure Voldemort never loved Bellatrix back—his greatest weakness, after all, was his chronic inability to understand love and friendship—but Bellatrix’s death did get a reaction out of him: he screams at “the fall of his last, best lieutenant” and his fury “explode[s] with the force of a bomb.” How that translates into the pair bumping uglies at one point (did…did he even have an ugly?) is left to the reader’s imagination. It was never explicitly ruled out.

But more than issues of canonicity, perhaps the root of fans’ dissatisfaction over this fanfic-wannabe turn is that, really, Delphi is sort of a lame villain—at least in print. She takes advantage of a schoolboy’s crush, leaves secrets literally written on the walls of her room, murders a character we’ve barely heard of, and instantly caves the moment she’s captured. (“Truly pitiful,” stage directions helpfully tell us about her demeanor.)

Onstage with effects, surely, she’s intimidating. On the page, she’s little more than another angry, lonely kid who feels isolated from where she came from—just like Harry’s son Albus, just like Draco in his Hogwarts years, just like young Tom Riddle. There’s a symmetry to it, but after twenty-odd years of terror from Voldemort and his Death Eaters, some Harry Potter fans might have been hoping for something different this time around.

For now, those hopes have been dashed; Rowling swears (for real for real this time) that Cursed Child is her last story about the Boy Who Lived. But perhaps dipping back into the Voldemort bloodline isn’t proof of unoriginality—maybe it’s just good timing: a tyrannical figure who thrives on fear and exclusion resonates as a villain now more than ever before. And the lessons Harry Potter strives to teach bear repeating.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:30 pm    Post subject: I just ordered it Reply with quote

Despite my own misgivings, and the disappointment expressed by Julie, I finally gave in to the temptation and ordered the book. I should get it by the end of next week.

But now I know what to expect. Of course I'll tell you what I think.

I'm still not comfortable with a black Hermione. For me, Emma Watson was so perfect in the role. But, well... If Jo was OK with it, I'm not going to be "more Royalist than the King" as the French saying goes... shameless grin
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 3:45 pm    Post subject: Voldemort's daughter?? Reply with quote

Oh my! I wonder what it would be like to make love with Voldemort!!! Eek

Anyway, Wildflower, once you've done with the book, maybe you could lend it to us? super grin
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:30 pm    Post subject: Far-fetched! Reply with quote

Well nowhere in the original series was there mention of Bellatix being pregnant so for me that bit was a bit too far fetched. Some of my friends loved the book and some didn't. Some quite liked it but didn't love it. Montse who is an avid HP fan as you all know gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars. I would give it 3 only and that was because I really liked Scorpius and the flawed parenting that Harry gave Albus... Nobody is really a perfect parent but both Harry and Draco didn't really understand their sons and expected them to be different. I was sorry that Astoria as her name was spelt in the book died due to the pressure of being accused of having it off with Voldemort and that her son to Draco was not Draco's son but Voldemort's. Now this could have been impossible due to the fact that Voldemort was long dead before Scorpius was conceived unless she had a pregnancy that lasted several years... So that part of the story was a bit too far fetched to me also. The chopping and changing in time annoyed me too but I think it might work on stage more.

Has anybody else read it yet?
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