Late to the party…

22 Aug

History repeats itself….once again I am late to the Harry Potter party. On the bright side, I’m late by 22 days and not by three books!

The first time around, I had a painfully hard time getting into Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I read the first half of that book twice before my mom (a middle school English teacher) finally convinced me to keep reading at least until the trio of friends made it to Hogwarts. She knew if I got to that part in the story I’d be hooked, and like most times in my life, she was right.

This time… Nine years later… I was once again hesitant to pick up the newest edition to the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Not because I feared it would be a dull read, rather, because it was written as a play. I am not opposed to plays, in fact I love watching them very much, reading them, however, has not always been entertaining. Need I remind every one of senior English and the lessons on Othello, Romeo & Juliet and the countless other plays I have honestly blocked from my reading memory either because they were confusing or painfully boring to read. 

But I am happy to report that today, no more than 30 minutes ago, I have finished the eighth Harry Potter story.

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I picked up the last copy my local WalMart had on Saturday evening. As I was checking out, the clerk, making small chat, commented that she was also currently reading the story. Admittedly, I shared that I was worried about reading a play for pleasure. She went on to explain how that didn’t bother her after a few pages.  I found this to be true myself, so did my mom, who also started reading on Saturday.

As I emerged myself into the story, I couldn’t believe that I had not seen or heard any details about the plot. If you are looking for spoilers, you won’t find them here! I was completely surprised with characters and choices and locations each time I turned a page. And after a few pages, I completely ignored indication of who was talking on the page – I recognized the characters through their words.

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This story introduces the next generation and answers the question many Harry Potter fans were left wondering at the close of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – what happens next?! It was interesting to see how time had changed our beloved characters, they were older, some were parents and everyone was trying to thrive in the post-Voldemort world.

Like all the other books (bar the first half of book one) this is a page-turner, one you won’t want to put down until you’ve finished. A wide range of emotions will occur as you read – confusion, surprise, shock, anger, happiness, just to point out a few. Be prepared to go on a wild ride – the magical world you thought you knew has a few secrets and surprises in store. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

And now that the last word on the last page in the latest Harry Potter book has been read, it is time to place this book next to the others on my shelf. And maybe I’ll make some extra room, maybe in another nine years J.K. Rowling will surprise us with a new addition – Harry Potter and the Great Grandchildren….

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But until then, please excuse me as I go book my tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child theater production in London, England, sometime in December 2017. According to this New York Times article, the production, which lasts for 5 hours and 15 minutes,  won’t be coming to the States for quite some time and has already sold out through next May! Oh well….I love to travel and England just so happens to be on my list of places I’d love to see!

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7 Responses to “Late to the party…”

  1. teenbookreviewer33 August 22, 2016 at 5:23 pm #

    I agree with you and absolutely loved this book (full review on my blog), really want to go and see it but can’t find anywhere to buy tickets at all.

    • mgibbon2 August 22, 2016 at 5:29 pm #

      Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog! It really was a fantastic read! Fingers crossed it comes to the States soon! I am dying to see it played out live – some of the scene descriptions were just so fantastic, I couldn’t figure out how it’d be pulled on in front of a live audience!

      • teenbookreviewer33 August 22, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

        I was having the same problem, I was trying to visualise it in my head, as it is meant to be performed, and was having trouble working it out as a play. Gave up half way through and started seeing it in my head as a film.

      • mgibbon2 August 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm #

        I did the same thing!! Helps to visualize, easier to get lost in the beauty of the story, at least for me! 🙂

      • teenbookreviewer33 August 22, 2016 at 5:53 pm #

        I do it with many of my books. But this one managed to get me hooked and, after reading a lot of it in one go, I realised I had read all night. Whoops 🙂

      • mgibbon2 August 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm #

        I stretched mine out over 3 days, but Saturday I stayed up well past midnight reading!

      • teenbookreviewer33 August 22, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

        I think mine lasted three too, with one night it being at least 3am before I went to bed, and much of the day reading too 🙂

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