I have read the anticipated subsequent of the Harry Potter saga which is “Harry Potter & The Cursed Child” along with two other companion books from the Wizarding World which are “The Tale of Beedle The Bard” and “Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them.” It feels so good to revisit this enchanted made-up magical world after been detaching myself from it for quite a while. Haha!
Initially, I was oblivious about “Harry Potter & The Cursed Child” manuscript to be made into book! I was only aware that there would to be a play on this and the premiere was set to be in London with the controversy of the role of Hermione Granger played by a black actress, etc. When I was in Leeds City Centre walking with my sister as we were heading back to Kelso Garden, I came across this chalk-on-board advertisement saying that “Harry Potter & The Cursed Child” book edition would be released in the upcoming 24 days! I was shocked and instantaneously took the photo, uploaded it in my Facebook & Instagram AND tagged my friend, Naz who is also a Harry Potter fan-freak! Naz told me that YES, the manuscript is to be released as book and he already pre-ordered that. Maybe perhaps I was occupied with my European tour along with my sister or whatever whacchamaccalits – I was not really going giddy with excitement. It was merely “Ohh, OK”.
The advertisement at Leeds! The one that opened my eyes!
UNTIL (Haha!) on the 31st July 2016 which was the release date of the book (and so happened is the fictional birthdate of Harry Potter! Oh, God! I am such a nerd, right? LOL!). Suddenly I had this epiphany and I was like – “Hey, why not drive my car to Kinokuniya KLCC and see if I can get a copy of that book?” On top of that, I also had Kinokuniya voucher of RM20 (due to my above RM200 spending on Baucar 1 Malaysia) and it would expire on the 31st July 2016! Being spontaneous me, I drove my car and no less than one hour and half (that is the best thing about entering KL on Sunday morning. Traffic jam-free!!), I arrived at Kinokuniya and got myself the copy for RM78 (Originally the price was RM 119.90. Kinokuniya gave 20% discount and on top of that, I also used my RM20 voucher!).
Don’t worry, I am not going to write any spoilers! Basically, this story revolves around Harry Potter’s second child who is Albus Severus Snape and Draco Malfoy’s son named Scorpius Malfoy. Albus is eclipsed by his father’s fame and was having hard time to claim his own self-identity as he is constantly being compared with his well-known father. Being sorted into Slytherin by The Sorting Hat and couldn’t find any niche that could fit him in Hogwarts (he is neither good in academic nor Quidditch), Albus found solace with the nerdy Scorpius who was already an outcast amongst the Hogwarts students for being a Malfoy and rumoured to be Voldermort’s son (which turned to be someone else!). The rebellious stage gone out of proportion when both Albus and Scorpius meddled with a Time-Turner which was kept by the Minister of Magic, our Hermione Granger-Weasley, trying to save Cedric Diggory from being killed by Voldermort!
Black Hermione, Noma Dumezweni which somehow caused fracas. But Emma Watson and JK Rowling fully supported this (http://metro.co.uk/2016/01/03/emma-watson-breaks-silence-over-the-casting-of-a-black-hermione-in-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-5597465/). Of course it would be weird because all these while, readers are already accustomed on visioning Hermione in the form of Emma Watson, a white. Let say if JK Rowling and Emma Watson to voice opinions antagonizing the selection of Noma; perhaps they would be grilled by the media via racist cards? Who knows.
I have to say that the plot was nice (as it is after all, the brainchild of our JK Rowling!) BUT having to read the story as a script does somehow dampen the “embodiment of the spirit of the story” because it is told from the point of view of a staged play (so you have some inscriptions on the “stage moved”, “actors move to the other sides of stage”, etc). If this story is written like its 7 predecessors, I have no qualm on saying that it would be a total magical reading! On top of that, I think this novel would be a great piece to be made as a film! Please, JK Rowling and Warner Bros – we are your cashcows (Haha!). Just do it! On whole, I do enjoy this “Harry Potter & The Cursed Child” but my No.1 among the 8 novels would always be “Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire” (,”).
The three books by J.K. Rowling. I am her cashcow. LOL!
I bought “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” by using the Baucar 1 Malaysia which I was entitled as a Master’s Degree student of Corporate Communication. I have to say that it was quite a mundane book so don’t expect any plots or whatsoever as it is merely more or less like an encyclopaedia for the mythical beasts created by J.K. Rowling. It is modelled after a ‘text-book concept’ and the names of the beasts are arranged according to the alphabetical order. Nevertheless, the movie version which will be out by end of this year will take viewers to the time before the text book was made and that means of course, the plot of the film is not in the novel. The script is to be written by J.K. Rowling herself; so… yeah. (,”).
As for “The Tales of Beedle The Bard” (I bought this at Harry Potter’s Platform 9 3/4 shop at London’s King Cross for 8 Euro!) which is a compilation of magical fairytales (ala our Brothers’ Grimms) and first came into the picture in “Deathly Hallows” when Ron Weasley was telling Hermione and Harry about “The Tale Of The Three Brothers”. I have to say that in comparison to “Fantastic Beasts”, I LOVE THIS companion book!! I think J.K. Rowling is a gifted fairytale storyteller!! I even like had this vision that Malaysian pupils can use one of the stories compiled in this book as the text in school story-telling competitions! I love “The Fountain of Fair Fortune” which I think can perfectly suit as bedtime story for children. It is about three witches who want to find a fountain that could cure their miseries. The three witches named Asha is a very sick damsel; Athelda who wants power and wealth after being robbed; and Amata who is heartbroken by a man. You know what, I can picture an upcoming film version of this novel IF “Fantastic Beasts” does well in box-office. You never know! Haha!
My sister teased me saying that JK Rowling will be forever rich with her books and Harry Potter merchandises for the rest of her life due to the easy preys like me – a cashcow! Haha! Well, I can’t deny that though because it is inevitable true. Haha!
In “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child”, there was an intense scene where Harry Potter had heated conversation with Dumbledore’s portrait. I felt the emotion of the scene and my eyes almost watered. The emotional outburst of Harry towards Dumbledore and how both of them cried. It was heart-wrenching.
The trailer for the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” movie which is not from the novel. The script is written prior to the textbook, by JK Rowling.