Welcome back to Literary Cobblestones!
For our first week of J.K.Rowling Appreciation Month, we’re focusing on her newest release: “Harry Poter & the Cursed Child“. Technically, the ‘book’ that we’re all currently obsessing over is actually a script for the play that opened this past weekend. If I correctly understand the rather confusing credits, the script was actually written by Jack Thorne and adapted from the story written by Rowling, Thorne and John Tiffany. Most importantly, the story takes us back to Hogwarts. Oh, sweet, glorious Hogwarts — how I’ve missed you!
Alright, let’s get into our links. Today’s list will be short and sweet to avoid reading spoilers, so the bulk of the links can be expected on Thursday’s post. Here are a couple links to get you started:
“The Harry Potter & the Cursed Child” Links You Need in Your Life
If you want to see a little more but need to avoid as many spoilers as possible, check out news from the set over on Pottermore: “Pottermore: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child“. Pottermore is an all-around amazing site for Potterheads, so if you’ve never tried it out, take the time to get sorted. You can now get sorted into both Hogwarts and Ilvermorny, the American wizarding school. Let me know which houses you end up in down in the comments. I have yet to agree with my Hogwarts house.
*Spoilers Ahead* What’s everyone else saying? Check out the New York Times’ Review by Michiko Kakutani: “Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Explores the Power of Time“. Here’s an excerpt, so CLOSE YOUR EYES TO PREVENT ANY SPOILERS:
Although readers will miss Ms. Rowling’s endlessly inventive imagination, which was continually elaborating the universe she had created in the books, Mr. Thorne has a visceral understanding of the dynamics and themes at work in those novels: the complicated equation between destiny and free will, the pull between duty and love, and the role that loneliness and anger can play in fueling hate.
That’s it for today, but be sure to check back Thursday for Part 2. Also, LitCobs is officially on Instagram, so follow us to stay up to date on what’s new.