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The release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child feels like a celebration, a chance to revel in the story of Harry Potter – and a poignant moment for J.K. Rowling. The play’s premiere has just been marked in the United Kingdom, with some Potterheads even travelling from overseas to attend the festivities.
It has been ten years since the last Harry Potter film was released, and although the magical franchise continued with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and a Fantastic Beasts sequel, it was impossible to ignore the void left by the absence of the boy wizard. Now, the character’s creator is hoping to make up for lost time with a play that unites characters from across the seven Harry Potter novels into one story.
The Search For Love
In the new play, the action takes place in 2030, with the stage set to encompass much of the playwright’s adult life. The play opens with a monologue by Dumbledore, the headmaster of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, who talks about his search for love, something he believes is a “futility”. “What is beauty?” he asks. He answers his own question: “Something that is valued because it is valuable. What is love? It is an emotion valued because it is valued.”
Rowling was inspired to write the play after becoming reacquainted with Pottermore, the Harry Potter encyclopedia that houses all the wizarding world’s magical secrets. She saw the potential to continue the story beyond the screen with tales from the novels retold in the form of plays. It is a project that has occupied much of her time since 2014, when she first announced it at a Harry Potter symposium in London.
A Story Of Family And Self-Respect
The play intertwines the stories of its three leads, all of whom have had to overcome their share of adversities in life. The first, Victorina “Tina” Trudeau, is a published novelist whose professional and personal life are in shambles. The second, Claudia Simmons, is a documentary filmmaker who has lost her way and is looking to find redemption, whilst the third, Madam Rosmerta, is a kind-hearted professional who runs a ladies’ hat store and is trying to come to terms with the death of her beloved daughter, Lizzy.
- Tina, a single mother who has lost her job and is struggling to pay the bills.
- Claudia, a once successful career woman, who has been deserted by her husband and feels powerless to change the situation.
- Madam Rosmerta, a kind and respected professional, who was abandoned by her daughter years ago and is looking to rebuild her life.
The ensemble is rounded out by a troupe of wizards and witches who serve as the play’s audience. They offer a range of perspectives on the stories that unfold, something that makes the play all the more interesting.
An Opportunity To Reflect On The Magic Of Harry Potter
The chance to revisit Harry Potter is an opportunity to reflect on one of the most iconic story arcs in fiction. The series has been praised for its ability to shed light on important issues and to engage with its audiences, something that has made it an undeniable success. It follows a trend set by other magical franchises, such as the Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles Of Narnia; the latter two have also been adapted as plays. It is an indicator of how appealing Potter’s message of inclusivity and tolerance is to this day.
The stage adaptations of the magical franchise’s stories offer an opportunity to revisit the characters and themes that have defined the series. In turn, this could serve as inspiration for future stories. And perhaps, one day, we’ll see Rowling herself write another play set in the magical world she has created.