As millions — possibly trillions — of Harry Potter fans eagerly await the release tonight of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” I gotta wonder if they realize it’s not a book they will be buying. It’s the script of the smash-hit play that opened last week in London to rave reviews.
And that’s not a bad thing.
Yes, it continues the saga of Harry and his friends and family, starting where “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” ended — a grown-up Harry and wife Ginny Weasley on the train station Platform 9 3/4, along with Ron Weasley and his wife Hermione, and all of their kids. Draco Malfoy and his family stand a short distance away wary of the others as they bid good-bye to their children and send them off to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The 4-hour play, presented in two parts, includes plenty of surprises and reveals and audience members are asked not to share them. But all that will be out the window once fans get their hands on the script written by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany.
And that brings us to the really interesting part.
Will reading a theater script encourage people to read more of the same. In America, many school systems require high school students to read Shakespeare — “Julius Caesar” or “Romeo and Juliet” — and “The Crucible.” But I think most kids think it’s a real bore and chore.
If anyone can change that, I think it just may be Harry Potter. Hopefully book stores and websites will make suggestions for young readers.
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To read the reviews of the play in London and view a photo gallery, click here.
To order play scripts at the Drama Book Show, click here
To visit Samuel French, which publishes plays, represents authors, and sells scripts to schools and professional theaters, click here
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