PLEASE ENJOY THIS SPECIAL “REPLY EDITION” OF HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD -SPOILERS ARE INCLUDED. IF YOU CONTINUE WITHOUT APPLYING THE PROPER HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD UPGRADE YOU MAY EXPERIENCE SOME OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS.
-MUGGLE BRAIN a total lack of understanding mix with sporadic anger frustration and sadness.
-HOUSE ELF TREMMORRS the need to immediately stop reading and begin to clean the house trying to forget what you have just read.
-VAMPIRE CHILLS sudden lack of interest in your magical research and the need to fangirl over sparkly vampires.
I had intended to do a review of The Hammer of Thor this week. Even pre-ordering it! Of course there was a shipping delay and I didn’t get it until yesterday. I’ll publish the review as soon as I’ve finished it. As for today, I give you Prisoner of Azkaban instead. I hadn’t planned to do this one so soon. However, we were able to get a copy of the audio books (Jim Dale, FTW!) and I loaded it onto Lisa’s phone. Of course, she turned it on while we were driving back from vacation and once we started I had to finish it. You’ll probably noticed we’ve been home for weeks. Well there has been so much happening this past month it had to be pushed back until this unexpected opening.
Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Series: Harry Potter Series; Book 3 Author: J. K. Rowling Genre: Fantasy Audience: Youth/Teen ROTS Setting: EU, Magic, Higher Magic, Modern/Present Day, Dragons Synopsis: Harry has survived his first two years at Hogwarts. As the beginning of this third year rapidly approaches he accidentally blows up a relative. Now on the run he discovers Voldemort might be after him again. But this time he’ll use escaped mass-murder Sirius Black. Recommendation: This is my favorite book in the series. It should be noted that it’s takes the first step away from the Youth audience toward Teen.
I’m a little disappointed in these Pottermore Presents books. They say they’re “short stories” and I don’t feel that they are. Are Wikipedia articles short stories? No. No they aren’t. I wasn’t looking for some grand literary master piece, I was looking for short stories, a bed time story, facts with personality, something more than a text book.
I had been planning on reviewing each of the books over the next few days. Upon reading them there isn’t much to review. They aren’t stories so there is no storyline, characters, or writing style/techniques to comment on. So you get one for all three and I’ll do a real review with an actual story for Friday.
The books mostly rehash information you can find on Pottermore, but there are supposedly a couple of extra bits that are brand new.
Pottermore announced Aug.17.2016, that a series of 3 new eBook shorts will be published Sept.6.2016 that will focus on various aspects of Hogwarts.
Pottermore Presents is a series of bite-sized eBooks that dig deep into the Harry Potter stories, with titbits taken from Pottermore’s archives and original writing from J.K. Rowling. The series offers Harry Potter fans added insights into the stories, settings and characters and were all lovingly curated by Pottermore.
Figured I might as well finish this one since I had already started it. You can expect a much more ambitious book for next week…if I finish it in time.
Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Series: Harry Potter Series; Book 2 Author: J. K. Rowling Genre: Fantasy Audience: Youth ROTS Setting: EU, Magic, Higher Magic, Modern/Present Day, Dragons Synopsis: Harry Potter has finished his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Although he’s eager to begin his second year, strange forces begin working against him. When student and ghosts alike come under attack Harry ends up in the middle of events decades in the making. Recommendation: Read it. Read it again….and again and again. While this book is appropriate for younger readers, later books in the series may not be.
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Here it is. The one we’ve been waiting for ever since the second and permanent death of the Dark Lord. The thing she said she’d never do (sort of still hasn’t) but we all knew she would eventually. I give you Harry Potter #8!
Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Series: Harry Potter Series; Book/Script 8 Author: J. K. Rowling Genre: Fantasy Audience: Youth ROTS Setting: EU, Magic, Higher Magic, Modern/Present Day, Dragons Synopsis: It starts at Kings Cross Station 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. Harry is sending off his second child, Albus Severus Potter, off to Hogwarts for the first time. Aaannnddd…..that’s all you get from me here……Mwhahahahah! Recommendation: I suggest that you read any one of the earlier books before reading this script. It’s very good, but a drastically different experience from what most Potterheads are used to.
I was hoping to get this one and the next one done this week but with all the craziness that went on in the latter half of the week I don’t think I’m going to get another one done in time so this will probably be pushed back to my usual Friday time.
Title: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Series: Harry Potter Series; Book 1 Author: J. K. Rowling Genre: Fantasy Audience: Youth ROTS Setting: EU, Magic, Higher Magic, Modern/Present Day, Dragons Synopsis: Harry Potter grew up being treated horribly by the aunt and uncle who raised him. He never knew much about his parents or how famous he is. That is until a letter arrived. Recommendation: Read it. Read it again….and again and again. While this book is appropriate for younger readers, later books in the series may not be.