In this new discussion type post, I’ll be talked about whether or not I really want to read the next book in a series and what my reasons are.
As all of you probably know, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out today (the play debuted in London yesterday). It takes place years after the original series ended with Harry now married to Ginny with three children enrolled in Hogwarts and a job at the Ministry of Magic.
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“Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016
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.”
When the book (or rather, screenplay) was first announced, I was so excited to get a peek into Harry’s life after the whole Voldemort storyline. We got a little bit at the end of The Deathly Hallows which was so, so cool and I wanted more! So I found all the news I could on the subject and learned as much as I could of what the plot would be like and when it would be released and all of that. And I settled down for the wait.
After a while though, I got lost in other series’ and in other character’s lives. After finishing a few series’, I thought about how wonderful the endings were because they left just enough to the imagination and allowed your mind to wander. Everyone could choose how they wanted the characters to end up and it really emphasizes that the future is a mystery and you don’t know what will happen.
So the release date drew ever closer and I was resucked into the excitement via other bloggers and fellow bookworms. But this time, I just felt… meh. I actually didn’t really want to know what happens to Harry as he grew older. I didn’t want to see how his marriage with Ginny was holding up and how his kids were doing and what job he had and just what his life was like. As terrible as it sounds, I really liked the happily ever after in Deathly Hallows and I’m content with that.
So will I be reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? The answer is probably not. I honestly just don’t want to know what happens. It’s like how I felt after watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I really shouldn’t have seen it because I was content with how things ended in the original series. I don’t want another generation (but, of course, now that I’ve seen it, I have to see the next one coming out in December).
However, I AM really excited to see Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them! It’s set in a new setting with different characters (I still have to take the new test of what house I’m in for the US wizarding school!) which I’m really excited for. The wizarding world is very fascinating to me and I would like to read more stories that take place in it, however I think I’ll leave Harry Potter right where I left him at the end of Deathly Hallows.
Are you planning on reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Or, if you’re lucky enough to live in England, are you planning to watch it? How do you feel about books that pick up a character 20-30 years later?