Pottermas: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review


As we reach the last day of December, we also come to the close of Pottermas for this year. For our final post Nicole and I will be reviewing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Elizabeth will be reviewing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We would like to thank you all for following along with #Pottermas16 this month.

 

Title: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Author: J.K Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Publisher: Little Brown, UK

Publication date: July 31st, 2016

My Rating: 4 Stars

 

 

SYNOPSIS (From Goodreads): Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 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.
 

MY REVIEW

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the 8th and “final” book in the Harry Potter series. Though technically it is a screenplay based on a story written by J.K Rowling and John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne and not a full-fledged book. Therefore, the format of the book comes with stage directions and everything you expect to see in a theatrical production script, which some readers did not like.

One major point that had many readers in an uproar is the fact that this screenplay reads like fan fiction. Having read a very few number of fan fiction I can not fully attest to this being the case. However, many friends told me about the variety of fan fictions out there. As well as the many fan theories. I do find it interesting that some of those theories are now considered canon thanks to what happens in Harry a Potter and the Cursed Child.

While reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I was often surprised as to what was happening in the story. Some of the things happening I couldn’t believe was what J.K. Rowling intended. I kept reminding myself that this is a collaboration between three people and that J.K did sign off on the final product. Though there were a few things I simply did not like or agree with, I did thoroughly enjoy being back in the wizarding world.

One of my favorite things about this story is the friendship of Scorpious and Albus. They both were living in the shadow of their fathers and dealing with the aftermath. Their friendship is a powerful reminder that we can’t hold onto grudges. Their friendship helps them to cope and survive with their inner demons throughout the book. Scorpious being head over heels for is Rose Weasley was also one of my favorite things. Her reaction to his constant attention gave the book a humorous break from the more serious parts.

As for the boy who lived? Oh! how I wish Harry Potter had been portrayed differently as an adult. I do not believe for one moment that Harry would behave the way he did in this book as an adult or as a parent.  The same goes for Hermione. Ron was pretty spot on, I really enjoyed his portray as an adult.

The biggest theory that is now considered canon seems pretty crazy and far-fetched to me. However, I do approve because it involves things I have often joked about actually being true. I am enormously satisfied that it is now canon and part of the Harry Potter storyline. Many fans completely hated this theory being true, but I LOVE IT.

I would absolutely recommend all Harry Potter fans to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. It might not sit well with all fans, but the outcome outweighs the bad, as does the opportunity to return to the wizarding world. A helpful tip for readers is to remember this is meant to be a play. Obviously, there is a whole other creative element to the story you are missing without the visuals and actors. Hopefully one day we will all get a chance to see the play live and get the full effect of the story.

 

Thank you again for following along with #Pottermas16 all month long. We hope you enjoyed our posts, and remember to come back next year for #Pottermas17.Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? Share with me your thoughts in the comments below.


Pottermas: Favorite Harry Potter Spells

 Welcome to another edition of Pottermas. Today Nicole, Elizabeth and I are discussing our favorite spells from the Harry Potter series. If you are just joining us, you can check out our introduction post here.


Accio– I think I would often use this spell to summon things I need. It would probably come in very handy when trying to locate my keys or cell phone. Definitely a neat little spell I would use all the time.



Lumps/Nox– This spell is used when in need of light. It causes light to shine from the tip of your wand. When you need it to turn off you just say “Nox”.



Scourgify– The perfect spell to clean things. I would use this to clean everything. Just think how much easier life would be, and how much more time I would have to read!



Wingardium Leviosa– This spell is used to levitate things. I love the way it sounds and I feel it would be fun to make things levitate.



Sectumsempra– This spell violently cuts and wounds a person. Probably not one I would use on a day to day basis but I do love the way it sounds. Created by Snape, how could I not love it?


Incendio– This spell causes flames to burst out of your wand. I could see this being very helpful while going camping or lighting a bonfire, or fireplace. Get those marshmallows ready! 



Avada Kedavra
– This is famously known as the killing curse, that Harry survived. It usually causes instant (painless) death to whoever is hit by it. I’m not saying I would use it, but the books/story definitely wouldn’t even exist if this curse was not in them.


What are some of your favorite spells from the Harry Potter series?  Share your thoughts with me in the comments below. Remember you can follow along all month long by using the hashtag #Pottermas16. Make sure to check out Elizabeth’s and Nicole’s posts too!

Top Ten Harry Potter Inspired Gifts I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

It is that most wonderful time of the year again. Soon Santa will be placing gifts under sparkly Christmas trees or into festive stockings. Which is why on today’s Pottermas post Elizabeth, Nicole and I will be sharing our top ten Harry Potter themed gifts we wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under our trees. It’s a Top Ten Tuesday for The Broke and The Bookish and Pottermas all in one neat little package.

 

1- The Illustrated Harry Potter Series Books

 

2- Harry Potter Pops (Dementor, Sirius, Hogwarts Uniform: Harry, Ron, Hermione)

 

3- Bellatrix necklace

 

4- Slytherin Ribbon Bookmark

 

5- Hogwarts Print in the style of  Van Gogh Starry Night Style

 

6- When In Doubt go to the Library Quote print

 

7- My Very Own Hogwarts Trunk

 

8- Mandrake Amigurumi toy

9- Bellatrix Lestrange’s Dagger

 

10- Bellatrix Lestrange’s wand

 

 

I am assuming that by now, you can see I have quite the obsession with Bellatrix, which I know seems odd. However, I have really grown to love villains and find them very interesting as characters. What are some of the Harry Potter gifts you would like to receive this holiday season? Make sure to check out Elizabeth’s and Nicole’s posts too. Remember, you can follow along all month long by using the hashtag #Pottermas16. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!!

Pottermas: Hogwarts Letters Inspired Envelope Tutorial

Welcome to a weekend edition of Pottermas. Today Nicole, Elizabeth and I will be sharing a few crafts we have recently been working on which happen to be inspired by the Harry Potter books and movies. 

The tutorial I will be sharing is on how to make your very own Hogwarts letter envelopes. We made these for Elizabeth’s shower. For a personal touch, we decided to address them based on the guest’s personality and where he or she might enjoy hanging out in the wizarding world. 


 

Let’s get started. For the Hogwarts letters, you will need the following:

  • Envelopes (I used beige as they already the beginnings of the “hue” we want to make them look “aged”.
  • Tan or Brown colored ink pad. (Quick-drying ink will help you not have to wait for ages for things to dry).
  • Wax (for melting and creating the Hogwarts seal)
  • Hogwarts or Your House seal stamp
  • Emerald green brush pen or marker
  • Paper towel (with some texture) or small sponge
  • Newspaper or kraft paper (to work on so your table won’t get messy)
  • Owl mail inspired stamp or stickers
  • Lighter (to melt wax)


Step 1: Get Inked

Lightly pad paper towel onto the ink pad. Lightly start dabbing the corners of the envelopes and work your way to the center. The outer corners and sides should be a little darker and the center should be fairly light. Use dabbing and sliding motions with the paper towel to create different textures and lighter or darker impressions. (Hint: Start with very light ink, and make it darker as you go along and decided how “aged” you want the letters to be.)






Step 2: Let envelopes fully dry

 

Step 3: Owl Postage

Using your inked Owl mail stamp (I got mine on Etsy) make a postmark on the top right. If you want you can elaborate with an Owl postal service sticker on the bottom left (I got the image on Etsy and printed them on clear sticky paper).

 

Step 4: Addressing Your Letters

Address your letters using the emerald ink marker or pen. I was making these for Elizabeth’s baby shower and we decided to use places in the Harry Potter books to address our letters to. We also based our addresses on the guests’ personalities and likes for a special personalized touch.

Step 5: Time to Wax on

Using a lighter I lit up the wax sealer and let drips fall onto the back of the envelope to seal our letters. Nicole was kind enough to loan us her official Hogwarts wax seal stamp to put the finishing touch. While the wax is still hot, slowly press the seal into the wax. Hold for a few seconds and slowly pull off. An impression should be left in place of the seal.

Step 6: Enjoy!

What did you think of my Hogwarts letter inspired envelopes? Have you ever tried crafting something based on the Harry Potter series? I would love to hear all about them. Make sure to follow along with Pottermas by following the hashtag #Pottermas16. Also, don’t forget to visit Nicole at Nicole’s Novel Reads and Elizabeth at BookYabber for other fun crafts.


Happy Crafting!

 

Pottermas: Harry Potter Funko Pop Photoshoot!!!

This past weekend Nicole (Nicole’s Novel Reads), Elizabeth (BookYAbber) and I celebrated our “Friendmas”. It was also a day full of crafting to help Elizabeth get a few things finished for her Harry Potter themed baby shower. Since we were working on finishing up potion bottles for the centerpieces, we decided to also do a Harry Potter Funko Pop photo shoot for this Pottermas post. 

Too much sun….back to the dungeon we go!! (photo credit: Nicole)

 

We each also knew that the collection would be growing as we all got each other some new Pops from the latest new wave. If you are new to Pottermas 2016, you can check out my introduction here. Also be sure to follow along with us by using the hashtag #Pottermas16 and also #PottermasPops.

Cutest Nibbler EVER!

I arrived at Elizabeth’s just a few minutes before Nicole did. Once we settled in for the day we decided to start with our gift exchange. Nicole received A Nibbler (SO CUTE) from Elizabeth and Yule Ball Ron and Hermione from myself. Elizabeth received the Weasley twins from Nicole and I. They are ADORABLE, and just look super mischievous. As for myself, Nicole gifted me Bellatrix Lestrange and Elizabeth gifted me Draco Malfoy. Between all the new Pops gifted and the ones we each brought for the shoot, we had quite the collection.

Being a child at heart, I could not help but be extra silly with all the Pops….especially my Voldy and Bellatrix. At one point I made a fun little video of my favorite little death eaters and the dementor looming over the other Pops. You can see it here on Instagram. Nicole and Elizabeth had to try ever so hard not to burst out laughing at my random singing and weirdness. 

My Favorite Little Death Eaters and Dementor….

We did not plan too many scenes for the day, as we had lots of crafting to accomplish. However, we did manage to get a few shots of Snape’s Potion class along with the potion bottles we created to use during Elizabeth’s shower.

Snape’s Potion class….and yes…that’s our background of Hogwarts Castle.

Later on, once all the crafting was done and it was time to get ready to go home we took a big group shot of all the Pops together. Nicole and I still have a few at home that were not present. Overall, we had a really fun day filled with laughter, Harry Potter mischief and best of all, awesome friends.

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season, and be sure to check back because the new year will definitely be filled with more adventures and Harry Potter Funko Pops photoshoots.