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HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD AND POTTER NO MORE???

WARNING- SPOILERS AHEAD!

(If you haven’t read it or seen the play!)

 

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I thought that this would be disappointing. I was wrong. When I heard it would be presented in Play format, rather than as a proper novel like the other HP books, I thought it would be a bit of a let-down. Thankfully, I was rather pleasantly surprised by how quickly I read through it.

It’s still a chunky hardback, one of those brick-like books that could come in handy for self-defence maybe, but it launches straight away with a slight re-tweeking of the final chapter from Deathly Hallows.

 

It is 19 years after the Battle for Hogwarts and the Fall of Voldemort. Hermione is Minister for Magic, Harry the Head of Magical Law Enforcement and Ron has just passed a Driving Test. They’ve all got children of their own now and the focus character is young Albus Severus Potter. He is nothing like his famous Father, resenting that fact, leading to estrangement between Father and Son- AHOY SPOILER ALERT!! (I did warn you!)

Albus befriends loner Scorpius Malfoy and then joins Slytherin House, something Harry has trouble understanding. At the start of their Fourth year (tying-in to Goblet of Fire) Al overhears Harry arguing with Amos Diggory, Cedric’s Father, he decides to steal a Time Turner and save Cedric.

Accompanied by Scorpius and Amos niece Delphi, they go back to the Triwizard Tournament (from HP and the GoF) to save Cedric, but then everything goes horribly wrong.

 

MAJOR SPOILER ALERT BABY!!!

Both are affected when Reality changes to an Alternate nightmare world where Voldemort and his Augurey reign supreme. Putting everything right again is a harrowing ordeal and all the characters grow as a result.

 

ALSO- JKR has said she has no plans to continue the story after this, so there won’t be tales of Albus and Scorpius and their adventures, nor of Harry’s Grandchildren- but now she’s said that, I wonder how many people, like me, now have Hogwarts the Next Generation in their heads? The New Adventures of Albus and Scorpius maybe? There is still their fifth/sixth and seventh years at Hogwarts, that’s OWLS and NEWTS. Then there is still the matter of the Elder Wand- Harry has to die undefeated for its power to be truly broken- if he gets Disarmed even once, then the Wand’s allegiance will change, Even though it’s broken in two, it could always get mended.

And it’s not just the main characters; the Wizarding World beyond Hogwarts is such a rich tapestry- Look how she has expanded Fantastic Beasts from a small guide to five films. The Tales of Beadle the Bard was just five stories- that’s a TV spinoff right there. Then there’s A History of Magic- possibly an Anthology series- the Goblin Rebellions/Giant Wars and so on. The Founders of Hogwarts- what did Slytherin do after he made the Chamber of Secrets?

What fascinates me from HP and Order of the Phoenix is the history of the Department of Mysteries and the Unspeakables. That’s the early career of Broderick Bode- killed off in OOP, but mentioned very briefly in GOF- ‘Bagman and Crouch’ page 79-

ARTHUR WEASLEY-‘and that’s Bode and Croaker. They’re Unspeakables, from the Department of Mysteries, top secret, no idea what they get up to.’

Then the Department itself is in OOP- Harry’s Trial and the Final battle and is such a great place- The Veil, brains in jars, Hall of Prophecies, all intriguing and worth exploring.

So there you go JK, so many more stories worth exploring and expanding upon. Not just a thousand years of Hogwarts, but Beyond, Before and Bezoar!

Okay, I added that last one to make three B’s, but there is such a diverse world in the Potterverse, you know it’s not over. I would like, one day, to see a HP Series that keeps in all the stuff the movies missed out- like Dobby in Goblet of Fire- such a travesty leaving him out. For now though, my head is spinning faster than a Portkey, whizzing my imagination off in multiple tangents- I might even be tempted to do a HP/Who crossover for Infinite Whoniverses series 6 next year- better get my Thinking Hat on then hadn’t I?

 

HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD- In hardback (and paperback now!)

9/10

SORTED!

(note- a Spoiler-free version originally appeared in Bookylicious last year- here’s the link-

https://www.bookylicious.com/autumn-2017/

Thanks to Gwyneth and Paul for including it!

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Anything can happen on a 360 shoot!

050Since Liverpool Comic Con, I have been trying to come up with a plan, a way of doing things differently than just going round taking random pictures and trying to edit everything into a semi-coherent video. In the end, I ended up with seven videos- The general walk around/’event’ vid, the Rwby shoot, the Star Wars shoot, My Superclark shoot, two versions of the Doctor Who shoot and three versions of the Cosplay Masquerade, plus Louise Brealey from Sherlock.

While moderately satisfied with the results, I did feel I needed to do something a bit different. I then remembered a guy at Ellesmere Port CC who shot a 360 degree video, which is like a composite of shots- I still don’t really understand how it works, but it got me thinking how could I achieve something similar?

Anime League and Rainbowdrop Cosplay organised another Big Geek Meet in Liverpool, which was my fourth in the two years I’ve been going to events/Cons/Meetups and so on. There was also a shoot in Southport, so I tried it out. Caitlin as Eren (mislabelled Levi) and me spinning round at BGM on the Saturday was okay, but doing individual shoots on Sunday worked much better, with about ten done.

I had to have a try myself to see how it worked, even though each shoot was only a minute or so, with added pictures and (mostly) relevant music. I am fairly happy with the results, so think I will carry on doing more of the same.

So, I guess Anything can Happen on a 360’ Shoot!

 

 

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Welcome to Anything can happen 2017!

Well, that’s what I’m hoping for anyway. A Fresh Start, a New Beginning, the slate wiped clean.keep-calm-because-anything-can-happen-1

To start with- I went to the shop and bought some wellies. I think my subconscious might be trying to tell me something- that was an impulse buy. Maybe my little jaunt round Talacre taught me to be more prepared than I already usually am for whatever eventualities may occur. It looks like it’ll be an epic five-part video anyway, plus I haven’t updated the five year anniversary like I thought I would.

Another thing I am planning in advance is Dr. Rrr! Series 2. In amongst the tidying and sorting I have not watched much this Christmas. (Really? How about Deep Space 9 series 7, or Brave or Thunderbolt Fantasy, or Doctor Who- The Return of Doctor Mysterio/Hell Bent/Spearhead from space, or Yuri on Ice finale (yes, really!) or even last episode of series 6 of Game of Thrones, what a revelation at the end!)

Okay, I might have watched a few things, but nothing really Christmassy, unless you count Nativity 3 in school or Cinderella in New Brighton, but that was before Term ended. Rogue One doesn’t count as an Xmas film, but saw it twice, the second time enjoyed it a bit more, but definitely more darker than others, about same as ep 3 I expect, but the prequels don’t really count anyway, in my opinion.

So there we go, anything can happen now I’ve got some wellies. It’s like when Ford Prefect tells Arthur Dent in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy that the only thing he needs to survive is a towel, so I guess that’s next on my shopping list.

For now though, I’m eating my first pizza of 2017 and watching the New Sherlock- now there’s an epic combo if ever there was one.

Happy 2017- Get ready and keep your wellies handy, ‘cos anything can Happen!!

 

 

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A NEW HARRY POTTER STORY!

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A flurry of activity nearly shut down the Pottermore website as overeager HP fans rushed to download and read a new short story. I waited a while and read it on a different site!

Rita Skeeter was introduced in Chapter 10 of The Goblet of Fire, her sensationalist style and rumour-mongering scoffed at by Mr. Weasley.

It seems she’s still on the same half-truth/assume anything/gossipy busybody/have a go at Harry track many years later.Pottermore

It is a deliciously scathing attack on Dumbledore’s Army having a reunion while at the Quidditch World Cup, which is the excuse she gives as she scrapes her talons into the DA.

It seems Ginny got the Official assignment to cover the event itself, so Skeeter’s jealousy oozes out with her snide remarks on key characters from the books, so well written you want to shout ‘boo/hiss’ at her in true Panto style.

JKR has used Foreshadowing and signposting techniques to great effect, particularly in Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix, so I am wondering if there’s a ‘Next Generation’ story lurking somewhere like a Dementor in the mist? It’s well hidden if there is, that’s all I can say. Once again she has pulled off a witty and entertaining look at life beyond Hogwarts, just as she did for the final chapter of Deathly Hallows.

10/10

More Please Jo!

 

 

 

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