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Wizard’s Duel: Thoughts on the Newest Harry Potter

by Kara Goughnour and Samantha McGuigan

Return to Hogwarts

I still remember the opening night of Deathly Hallows Part 2, when I stood in line waiting for tickets and then, after having my wisdom teeth removed, returned mere hours later for the movie premiere.

Though the excitement felt for this book can never quite match the determination I had that night, the script returns to moments that left unanswered questions and unexplored feelings in the hearts of readers at the ending of Deathly Hallows, and introduces new evils in a way that doesn’t diminish the great victory that was the defeat of Voldemort.

For any Hogwarts fan, reentering the wizarding world and seeing it through both the aged eyes of Harry and the new eyes of Albus is a wonderful and highly recommended delight.

A Very Potter Sequel?

I don’t like “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

Sorry.

Trust me, I’m not happy about it either. I”m a huge Harry Potter fan but I can not bring myself to like it and I definitely do not see it as part of the immaculate seven-book series.

You may be asking yourself, “Why is this person so against the new Harry Potter book?”

First of all, the format is all wrong. I was prepared to read a script, but the stage directions really threw me off. It made the whole story seem less real and I couldn’t connect to the story in the way I did with the original series.

Then there’s the story line itself. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new information about the characters and I consider it canon, but the idea that Voldemort had a daughter with Belatrix doesn’t make any sense. Meanwhile, using a Time-Turner to go back twenty years and change the course of history is something straight out of “A Very Potter Sequal,” the Starkid musical parody of Harry Potter on youtube.

I will forever remain a Harry Potter fan but I will never like “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”

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