Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 Broadway review – no spoilers

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I saw the play, still in previews, on April 5th and 6th, in the evening. The Showbills have the same content inside, just different covers. I guess for the guests not seeing the shows back to back. The pins they gave out at the end of the night. They almost ran out on the second night. And I bought the pen and the bookmark as a souvenirs.

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I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this production. I went in with such low expectations because I had read some things online about the story. Well you can’t always believe what you read because the story was different than what I expected. While I had a couple of issues with the plot because it felt a bit fan fiction-y, Cursed Child still remained true to the characters and did not demean their core values or their journey, actions and sacrifices from the first 7 books.

Also, it was so funny. I, and the audience, laughed a lot. I missed some of the lines because of the laughter and will have to read the script sometime to see what lines I missed. I didn’t expect it to be so funny. The actors had great comedic timing.
Speaking of such, the performances in general, even when the material was dark and serious they were fantastic.

I will say that the play being broken up in two nights, each two and half hours, is a bit long. I think some scenes could have been cut down or cut out.

I will make a separate detailed post about the things I liked and my critiques to discuss with those who have seen it.

I will end on a high note. The special effects were PURE MAGIC! Jaw dropping fantastic! I won’t say more in this review. Go see it, then go read my other post so we can discuss.

Some more photos: Expecto Patronum!

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Top Ten Tuesday: March 6: Favorite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Updates are now at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Buckle up buck-a-roos! This is a long post and it took me a long time to write up because I have so many and I did some narrowing down. Some will make sense out of context and some – well, it would too much to explain. That’s why I had to do some editing. The ones I chose are either the most memorable or classic quotes from that book, or they just really stuck with me because they made me laugh, cry, or I just found it so poetic.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

“Music? Music is life! It’s physical emotion – you can touch it! It’s neon ecto-energy sucked out of spirits and switched into sound waves for your ears to swallow.”

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”

Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel.

“I would try to be as bold as that blue waterfall that had the audacity to liberate itself from stone.”

“We cannot always control or avoid what happens to us, but we can control what it does to our spirit.”

“Hatred is hurt masquerading-it is an energy used to fool someone into thinking they are frightening when in truth they are frightened.”

Every Day by David Levithan.
“Some days are like this. And the only way to get through them is remember that they are only one day, and that every day ends.”

Another Day by David Levithan.

“Most of the time when we think we’re looking for death, we’re really looking for love.”

Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden.

“Your virtue is safe with me. Your discomfort is rather charming, actually, but I’m sure you’ll get over it.”

“The overall effect made Vos like a falcon poised in that exquisite instant between free fall and flight, and for a moment he couldn’t breath.”

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden.

“But I think you should be careful, Batyushka, that God does not speak in the voice of your own wishing. We have never needed saving before.”

“It is a cruel task, to frighten people in God’s name.”

Morning Star by Pierce Brown.

“Molten wounds still glow where the two nuclear bombs detonated. And I wonder, in my last moments, if the planet does not mind that we wound her surface or pillage her bounty, because she knows we silly warm things are not even a breath in her cosmic life.”

“Mobs are soulless things that feed on fear and momentum and prejudice.”

“Government is never the solution, but it is almost always a problem. I’m a capitalist. And I believe in effort and progress and the ingenuity of our species.. The continuing evolution and advancement of our kind based on fair competition. Fact of the matter is, Gold does not want man to continue to evolve. Since the conquering, they have routinely stifled advancement to maintain their heaven…”

Golden Son by Pierce Brown.

“He looks like a Miltonian angel falling with wrath and glory. His exoskeleton sheds its friction armor, as Lucifer might have shed the fetters of heaven, feathers of flame peeling off, fluttering behind. Then a missile slashes the sky and high-grade explosives christen him mortal once again.”

“No. Don’t speak. It’s not your turn just because I pause.”

“I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind – how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.”

“Rise so high, in mud you lie.”

“And what is the bloodydamn point of surviving in this cold world if I run from the only warmth it has to offer?”

You’re a sinister little shit, aren’t you?” Victra asks.
“I’m Gold, bitch. What’d you expect? Warm milk and cookies just because I’m pocket sized?

Per aspera ad astra.”
“Through the thorns to the stars.” Sevro snickers. “You fancy little fart. Omnis vir lupus.” Everyone a wolf.

Zombies vs Unicorns, “Princess Prettypants” by Meg Cabot.

“My unicorn is going to smash your face.”

“You have one twisted unicorn.”

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

“And the next time you get handed something magical – whether you expect it or not – behave like the witch you are, not some silly human. Don’t ignore it or tell yourself you’re imagining things.” Willful ignorance and dismissing the supernatural were at the top of Sarah’s list of human pet peeves. “Treat it with respect, and if you don’t know what to do, ask for help.”
“Promise,” I said quickly, wanting to get off the phone. But Sarah wasn’t through yet.
“I never thought I’d see the day when a Bishop relied on a vampire for protection, rather than her own power,” she said. “My mother must be turning in her grave…”

She [Sarah] picked up three wineglasses and waved them in Matthew’s direction. “Got any more of that wine, Casanova?”
“I’m French, Sarah, not Italian. And I’m a vampire. I always have wine,” Matthew said with a wicked smile.

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness.

“I just killed a man! This isn’t the moment to discuss our marriage.”
“Nonsense. Marrying amid bloodshed is a de Clermont family tradition,” Philippe said briskly.

“I trust my wife’s judgement,” Matthew said firmly.
“That’s what Philippe says about Granny,” Gallowglass muttered under his breath. “Just before all hell breaks lose.”

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness.

“And if we all did what we should, we would wake to find ourselves in paradise.”

“Ah yes the elusive right moment.” Matthew snorted. “It never comes, Diana. Sometimes we just have to throw caution to the wind and trust the people we love.”

“And one last thing: I do not, nor have I ever, sparkled.”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower byStephen Chbosky.

“And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”

“I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there.”

Enemy Lines II: Rebel Stand by Aaron Allston.
“Luke, I don’t want to discourage your curiosity, but I have to remind you, if something goes wrong, this is an exceptionally embarrassing way to die.”

I can go on and on with Harry Potter quotes, but this is what I narrowed it down to:

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.
“So light a fire!” Harry choked.
“Yes…of course…but there’s no wood!” …
“HAVE YOU GONE MAD!” Ron bellowed. “ARE YOU A WITCH OR NOT!”

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.
“Ginny!” said Mr. Weasley, flabbergasted. “Haven’t I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain?”

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling.
“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling.
“Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling.
“Wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure.”

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.
“Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?”
“Yes,” said Harry stiffly.
“Yes, sir.”
“There’s no need to call me ‘sir’ Professor.”
The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling.

“Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.”

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: February 27: Books I Could Re-read Forever

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Updates are now at That Artsy Reader Girl

Mostly I like to read a book for the first time in printed form then I like to reread the story in audiobook form. So mostly likely if I am rereading – it’s on Audible. I especially love rereading favorite series because when you know the outcomes you catch all the hints you missed, all the foreshadowing, and all the world building. Rereading also feels like going home again.

1. Red Rising saga.
I haven’t had Audible for that long, maybe only a couple of years. Each time a new book came out I read the previous installments. Now that I have the Audible app I listen to the books. And now that I have read the e-book of Iron Gold I’ll listen to the audiobook.

Fun fact: The way Tim Gerard Reynolds does Ragnar’s voice is the best ever. You can feel the bold type as it’s written in the books. I also really love the deep voice he does for Karnus.

2. All Souls Trilogy. Actually every year the fans do a Real Time Reading, where we read the chapters that correspond to the dates they take place. It’s easiest for the first book, A Discovery of Witches, which takes place over 40 days. The second and third are too stretched over time so there is a condensed calendar for RTR on a Facebook group I belong to. Though I have to admit with rereading the Red Rising trilogy and Iron Gold I fell behind on the RTR of Shadow of Night (I finished a week or so after the RTR calendar we have on the Facebook page) and have not started The Book of Life.

Fun fact: I love the way Jennifer Ikeda does Emperor Rudolf’s voice. He’s like a stuffy, whiny, entitled snot.

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3. Pride & Prejudice. Rosemund Pike, she played Jane in the 2005 film, narrated P&P. Her voice for Mr. Collins is so funny. Anytime I reread it I always picture the 2005 cast.

4. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel.
Being such a big fan I thought I knew everything but she tells so much more about her life in this memoir. It’s also part self-help. I love the emotion she puts into her narration.

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5. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe.
I love the sinister darkness of this story. What revenge! The audiobook is only 15 minutes long so it’s really easy to listen to over and over and earn Audible badges really fast. Also, B.J. Harrison is the best at narrating Poe’s stories. The way he has Fortunato say “Amontillado” – it cracks me up.
(Getting off track: I have his narration of The Count of Monte Cristo, which I started but will finish next month. That is a first time read.)

6. Harry Potter – I started doing a reread with The Sorcer’s Stone and then got sidetracked but I want to finish my reread before seeing The Cursed Child in April.

7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This is actually one book I have yet to get the audiobook for. It’s an emotional reread but it’s a classic from my teenage years.

December 5: Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

 

Places I want to visit again:
1) Oxford (All Souls Trilogy) and London, England (Shades of London, All Souls, Tunnel Vision). I loved these places. I can never tire of London and I am rereading the All Souls Trilogy so I want to go on a tour of Oxford with Deborah Harkness. I wish I was there when they were filming the TV show.

All Souls College in Oxford, Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library.

2&3) Paris and Grasse, France (The Secret Ways of Perfume by Cristina Caboni)
Shopping spree!!!!!!!!!

4) Volterra, Italy (Twilight: New Moon)
I wore a green shirt and jeans like Bella did in the movie. It was such a quaint and beautiful town. I’d love to go back and spend more time there than just a few hours. They also had a beautiful alabaster shop. More shopping!

They had a Twilight section in the alabaster shop. I have always regretted not getting these alabaster white queen chess pieces.

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New places:
5) Naboo, which was really Lake Como, Italy.
I hear they have tours of the villa where they shot Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. I want to stand on the terrace where Anakin and Padmé were married.

6) NOLA (A Density of Souls, Out of the Easy)
Not during Marti Gras and not during hurricane season. But I would like to see the famous sites.

7) Hawaii (Everything, Everything)
Warm weather, heavenly beaches (and I am not a beach person), and volcanos. I want to go!

8) Salem, Mass. (The Crucible)
It’s my favorite play and the witch trials are a sad part of American history.

9) Scotland (Harry Potter, The Winter Sea)
I want to take a train there from London.

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10) Siracusa, Italy.
I have yet to read Siracusa by Delia Ephron but I won’t say no to Italy.

Top Ten Tuesday – November 14: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

November 14: Top Ten Books I Want My Future Children to Read (Or nieces and nephews, Godchildren, etc.)

1) The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin. I don’t expect them to read all of the books in the series because there are a LOT. But I still have the ones I read and it’s really the series that got me into reading in the first place. To share that with a younger generation would mean a lot.

2) Harry Potter, books 1-7. There are so many wonderful themes about love and friendship, and it’s a great coming of age story set in a magical realm. And really such a huge part of pop-culture. It would also be great to see it though fresh, innocent eyes. You can vicariously relive the feeling of reading it for the first time through their perspective.

3-5) Between Shades of Gray and Salt to Sea by Ruta Sepetys and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. These YA stories set during World War II are incredibly sad but so essential. I think learning a little bit of history through historical fiction is important. It builds empathy.

6) Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. If I had to read this in school when I was 11 and cry my eyes out, then so do the children!

These next few I would wait till the children were a bit older, like their mid-teen years when they could understand and appreciate them more.

7) Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. How could I not get the kids into my favorite literary science fiction story? Next to Star Wars, this is a must.

8) The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. A coming of age story for every teen.

9) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin. It is a flawless masterpiece. Besides, by the time they are old enough to read it they’ll already have the movie with Keira Knightley memorized.

10) Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story by Jewel. There are some good life lessons in here. It’s a spiritual self help book by one of my favorite singer-songwriters. These future children would already be raised listing to her songs and like the title says, “songs are only half the story.”

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Obviously I would have them read my entire library, but these 10 will do for this list.

Top Ten Tuesday: November 7: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

November 7: Ten Characters Who Would Make Great Leaders (Leaders of what? That’s your decision. Who could lead a country, an army, a book club, a classroom, etc. Or maybe characters that would be trendsetters?)

I am going to go with the book club theme. I thought about doing leaders of a country, solar system, galaxy or an army, but all I could come up with were characters that already do that in their stories. I also thought about trendsetters but all could think of was Alice Cullen and Rosalie Hale from Twilight.

Top 5 Book Club Leaders

1)Hermione from Harry Potter. She is the most obvious first person to come to mind. I don’t need to say more.

2)Maddie from Everything, Everything. Poor girl was isolated and wrote her reviews online. But once she was free she could make new friends through a book club then eventual be its leader.

3)Roque from Red Rising. It would be more of a poetry reading.

4)Diana from All Souls Trilogy. It would be filled with a bunch of creatures wanting to know the secrets of Ashmole 782.

5) Jo March from Little Women. They would act out the stories with costumes and voices.

Top Ten Tuesday August 15: Five book recommendations for Hufflepuffs

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

August 15: Ten book recommendations for ______________: (Skies the limit here…examples: for Hufflepuffs, for fans of Game of Thrones, for people who don’t normally read YA, for animal lovers, for video game lovers, etc.

I chose book recommendations for Hufflepuffs! These books are great stories about family, friendship and loyalty.

1) Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown

You will not find two friends more loyal than Sevro and Victra. They stand by Darrow no matter what. Of course there’s more than just their unconditional love in the trilogy, but I singled them out because I love them both so much.

2) The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

I have not read this in years. But I remember laughing and crying. I have kept it because I do intend to read it again one day and it’s a book about sisters.

3) The One Man by Andrew Gross
Leo and Professor Mendl are not even family but they are loyal to each other. There was also the loyalty and courage of Nathan. Not many people would take on the mission he did and carry it out to completion.

4) Star Wars Legends: The X-Wing series, by Michael A. Stackpole and Aaron Allston.
We Hufflepuffs are often teased and underestimated. But we can still kick ass (just look at the Battle of Hogwarts.) These books shows the other side of Star Wars that doesn’t deal with the Jedi or the Sith. Even those who can’t use the Force can make a difference and kick ass too. It’s a good series for those who feel like the underdogs.

5) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Because hello! Cedric. Yes, he dies but he represented our House wonderfully. Damn you, Voldemort.