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One of the things that I like most about being on the internet and social media in particular is the excitement you feel when others are excited about certain things: Benedict Cumberbatch lands a new role! A new Marvel movie is out! A new HARRY POTTER book! The downside to this is how strange you feel when you don’t share the excitement.
Last week, news broke that J.K. Rowling’s new project — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — will be published in play form. It pains me to say this as a Harry Potter fan, but I just couldn’t muster up the same excitement as everyone else has. I don’t know why! I’ve felt the same ambivalence towards all other Harry Potter spin-offs: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, etc. I think maybe it’s because I’m so attached to the original seven books that I think everything else is just trying to match the greatness that was? (I know this is incredibly unfair of me, but I guess that’s what makes it an opinion…) I suppose, what I’m trying to say is, I’m skeptical. Can the original magic be recreated? We’ll soon find out.
Do you have any unpopular opinions? Are you excited about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?
13 thoughts on “Monday Musings | Unpopular Opinions”
I’m completely with you on this. I’m a bit sceptical as well. I felt a bit like “errr” when I found out Rowling isn’t writing it too.
Yeah… Maybe if I hear enough good things I’ll give it a try, but I’m not quite convinced yet!
I am totally with you. I’m pretty ambivalent. The story has been told, it’s complete. I don’t need more. I’m especially disappointed that it won’t even be a full book, just the play script bound like a book.
Agreed – maybe I’d be more inclined to read it if it were a book with prose, but I’m not entirely sold on the play script.
I don’t know if I’ll like it in play form. It’s not really a book.
I think I’d enjoy it I saw a performance of it, but I’m not sure about reading the play itself. Who knows! Maybe I’ll read it and love it 🙂
I’m definitely excited for this one! I love anything Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling, so I guess no matter what she does with Harry I’ll be totally for it. Plus, I’ve been reading a lot of plays these last couple of years for my classes, so I’m already used to the formats/how to visualize and interpret things that are meant to be seen, not read.
Bottom line – I can’t wait for Chapters to send me my preordered copy 🙂
I think that’s something that I need to work on – being able to interpret plays more naturally! Can’t wait to hear what you think of the play. I’m open to being swayed 😉
I totally agree with you about this! I’m feeling quite ambivalent about this play, especially as JK Rowling didn’t actually write it. I think the play itself may be quite good, but I’m not so sure about reading the script on its own.
I do think the play will be good; live performances are always thrilling!
I can take this or leave it, but my daughter is so excited for it, I hope she won’t be disappointed. I’d like to think that if JK Rowling has her name on it, it will be good.
I’m with you! In fact, I’m a little beyond ambivalent and into annoyed. I loved the series when I was younger and I just want it to be preserved the way it was. I’m not thrilled that it’s constantly expanding and changing. Haha, that may make me a crotchety old person, but that’s how I feel about it 🙂
I feel the same way, too! I haven’t read any of the spin-off books and only used Pottermore to get sorted. 😉 I’m excited about the casting choices for Cursed Child, but other than that, not really into it.