Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

For those of you who might not know, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II, is not a book but a play; two plays in fact. It was great fun to revisit J.K. Rowling’s world of witches and wizards, and to see what became of all those wonderful characters. Harry, Hermione, and Ron are no longer students, but adults approaching middle age and struggling with the challenges of family and career, as well as fighting evil and trying to prevent the destruction of the known world, as one does. My only complaint about the story was that I really, really wanted it to be a book and not a play. I longed for more elaborate description and narration and chafed at having to read scene directions and everyone’s name over and over again. That said, I will, without hesitation, go to see the play should it ever come to Denver. I am dying to see how these stage wizards manage to pull off the extraordinary visual effects I just read about. It will most certainly be a feat of magic the likes of which Dumbledore himself would find difficult to pull off.

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David E. Barber is a fantasy writer and author of A Way with Magic and The Fabled Beast of Elddon. David grew up in the Midwest, surviving childhood on a steady diet of fantasy, science fiction, and horror books, movies, and comics. Inspired by authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, and George R.R. Martin, he began writing stories of his own and is currently hard at work on an epic fantasy series. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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