Remembrall Readathon by the HPA

I just wanted to put out a link to this Readathon hosted by the Harry Potter Alliance. They’re re-reading the entire Harry Potter series this summer leading up to the release of The Cursed Child.

The HPA is a wonderful organization that I’ve supported in the past and will continue to support. They’ll be posting weekly updates on the progress of the readathon and I’m hoping that their YouTube videos will become good places for book discussion during the course of the summer!

They’ve outlined a suggested schedule to keep up with if you want to stay on track with them. The first few books are allotted about a week’s reading time, with longer amounts of time set for the books with higher page counts.

It’s been a long time since I read any of the Potter books, so I’m looking forward to diving in here and getting my hands back on them. The structured readathon is just a great excuse for me to return to Hogwarts.

Take care y’all!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

harry potter and the cursed child

It’s happening, and it’s all over the internet!

According to some reliable and some notoriously unreliable sources alike, the stage play will be a collaboration between mega-author J.K. Rowling and theater busybody Jack Thorne. It will open on West End in 2016. But, we don’t know much about it yet. The show’s official website currently features write-ups on the creative team, concluded by a bio of musician Imogen Heaps, who we can assume will be involved in some way.

The play will be an account of “what happened to Harry’s parents — Lily Evans Potter and James Potter — before they were killed by Lord Voldemort, forcing an infant Harry to be raised in miserable circumstances by his mother’s sister, Petunia, her horrid husband Vernon and their spoiled son Dudley” (The Daily Mail), but Queen Rowling herself has stated on twitter that the show will not be a prequel. To many, myself included, this seems like a huge contradiction. I mean, if the Harry Potter series starts eleven years after the deaths of Lily and James . . . it only makes sense that a play about them would be considered a prequel. My main concern is the inevitably emotional content this subject will bring back to the surface. Rowling is opening a huge can of worms in re-opening the Harry Potter storyline, and there will be some very unhappy fans because of it. Which brings me to my next point. Continue reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child