The Magic is Back
The year of the monkey? Forget that, 2016 is more like the year of the Potter.
In 2016 Disneyland will be dethroned as the most magical place in the world on my list by the April 7th opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in California’s Universal Studios Hollywood theme park. Screw 2016 Coachella I’m going to Hogwarts. Wizards over hipsters any day. Continuing 2016 let’s not forget the release of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” in November, the prequel to “Harry Potter”.
Also most importantly if you haven’t heard already there’s a new magical Harry Potter tale just around the corner. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is an upcoming two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne based on the story by J.K. Rowling, that is set to premiere on July 30th, 2016 at the Palace Theater in London, England.
Yeah, you heard me. London. As in ONE location on ONE point of the Earth. I can’t speak for all of the Potterheads but I actually considered for five seconds flying all the way across the pond, booking a play ticket, and finding a hotel until I realized my net worth is currently -10k. Nice. Thanks college.
BUT WAIT THERE IS HOPE. Thank Dumbledore that J.K. Rowling announced on February 10th that she will be releasing the script in book form on July 31 on Harry Potter’s birthday. J.K. Rowling you brilliant magic son of a Muggle.The story of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will be set nineteen years after the conclusion of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and will follow Harry Potter, father of three now a Ministry of Magic employee and his youngest son Albus Severus Potter. Scholastic released a synopsis hinted that darkness has clearly returned into Harry’s life and something tells me it’s going to be something like a
Voldemort 2.0 He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named 2.0. But I mean hey, at least the kid got a break for nineteen years right?
Rowling also tweeted this morning to clarify that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is a script and in her words #notaNovel #notaPrequel. Oh isn’t J.K. Rowling just the most amusing person. She feels the need to clarify. But Ms. Rowling I don’t care if it’s a book or a horoscope or a Hogwarts-themed poem you wrote on the toilet. If it’s Harry Potter related then I’ll take anything I can get.
One for All and All for Potter
Admittedly, I am skeptical of the continuation of the tale of Harry Potter. Not to be a little witch but when the Pottermore website came out I was disappointed epically as it wasn’t the magical kingdom I was hoping to escape to.
I fear that the Cursed Child will curse me into losing the closure I had from the final book. Those last words J.K. Rowling chose for the Deathly Hallows couldn’t have been better picked. “The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.” Ah. Even hearing it now brings chills to my spine and calm to my heart. But as skeptical as I am, I’m still a die-hard Potterhead and the Amazon pre-order form has already been filled out so stay tuned for a review in T-minus five months.
July 31st needs to come faster. Breathe Tiff, you can do this. Five more months.