How I’ll Be Passing the Time Until the Release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

For anyone who hasn’t heard the good news yet, J.K. Rowling is revisiting the Harry Potter series. The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be performed this summer in London, although all of the tickets for it have already been sold. It will also be released as a script at midnight on July 31.

I am so excited about this release because of how much I loved these books as a kid. I reread the first seven books over and over again. Sometimes I still have moments when I see or hear something in my ordinary life that instantly reminds me of a character or scene from this series.

Waiting five months to read the new instalment feels like an eternity.

How will I be passing the time?

By rereading all of the previous Harry Potter novels, of course!

I’m about 50 pages into Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the moment. (If there’s anyone out there who hasn’t read it yet, be prepared for mild spoilers from a nearly 20-year-old story. Haha).

As a kid, I didn’t notice – or maybe I simply didn’t remember – that Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon were never asked if they were willing to take in their nephew. They didn’t even know that he was coming to live with them after his parents were murdered until Aunt Petunia opened the door one morning and found baby Harry sitting on her doorstep with a letter tucked beside him.

Surprise!

This wasn’t something that struck me as odd back then, but I sure would be discombobulated to discover any of my nieces or nephews on my doorstep as an adult. What if they grew hungry, frightened, or cold between the time they were dropped off and the time I discovered them? Eek. That thought makes me wince.

It will be a lot of fun to see if there’s anything else I understand in a completely different light as I continue on with Harry’s story.

Who else is looking forward to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? If you’re not a Harry Potter fan, what novels have you revisited as an adult only to realize that your opinion of certain scenes has completely changed over the years?

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