Having finished the (main) Harry Potter series for the second or third time, books and films, I was left with that same empty feeling that I had to come to know when finishing any kid of series with nothing to follow. The first time I finished the series, all the movies had already been released and that was the end of that. I was content with the books ending, perfectly wrapped with a bow, a little less content with the movies after realizing how much they left out. As much as I wanted to know about the wizarding world, I would move on to other series’ that caught my attention. That is, until The Cursed Child. I didn’t exactly know about The Cursed Child until maybe a year or two after it was released. Like any fan, I was excited to hear that this would somehow continue Harry’s story, but having experienced other sequels that did not exactly live up to its predecessor, I was hesitant to read it. That being said, I didn’t read it until this class, three years after it was released. I only read a summary that I found online. Just with reading the summary, I already had issues with the story. These issues remained constant for the most part once I read the script.
One of the key issues that this play brought up was the storyline that Voldemort and Bellatrix had a child. It is hard to believe that during the time between the events of Goblet of Fire and the Deathly Hallows that Voldemort would have had any leisure time or would even desire any leisure time to have a child with his most loyal servant.… Read the rest
There is an overarching theme of death within the wizarding world; therefore, it is no surprise that the most important artifacts and arcs within Harry’s story are the Deathly Hallows. As detailed within the book of the same name, anyone who unites the Deathly Hallows will become a master of death. Each of the Deathly Hallows corresponds and is a representation of characters within the series. To start, the Elder Wand corresponds to the character of Voldemort. Voldemort’s ruthless quest to “live forever” is what leads him to create the horcruxes. His fear would only grow upon itself once his own curse was rebounded onto himself from Harry and ge was reduced to almost nothing. Voldemort would not meet Death completely. He would become so close to it, however, that once he regained support and power, he would become unreasonable and unrelenting in his quest to find the mythological wand that would make him undefeatable.
The Resurrection Stone is the next of the Deathly Hallows and it corresponds to Snape’s character. Snape is a complicated character, with so many dimensions to himself. Snape’s guilt and grief over Lily Potter’s death that fateful night is one that so clearly fills his persona once that information is known. With Harry constantly roaming in and around the castle and the grounds of Hogwarts, Snape is surrounded by Lily’s memory. With this information, it is easy to see how the Resurrection Stone and Snape are connected. Snape would do anything in order to bring back Lily.… Read the rest
I had always been an avid reader when I was younger, but it wasn’t until middle school and high school that I got my first exposure to the Harry Potter world. I hadn’t really heard about the Harry Potter series up until that point. I distinctly remember one of my classmates coming into class with tears streaming down her face. She had just seen one of the films (I don’t remember which one) and was quite sad about how it ended. While I was confused as to why she was so sad, it would be another two years before my interest in Harry Potter really exploded.
Between the eighth grade and my sophomore year of high school I would become so engrossed in the entire series and binged all the movies in order. I love magical/fantastical and good vs evil films so I became such a big fan. After I watched the films, I moved onto the books and would read them one after the other and compare the differences between the films and the books. Many of my friends are fans of the series so it’s always fun to joke around about how we’re in different houses. I have yet to visit the theme park but I hope to do so this year and get my own wand. The movies and books have made a big impact in my life and I always come back to the movies when I want to watch something that is familiar to me and back to the books when I want a good read.… Read the rest