On the 31st of July 2016, all the Harry Potter fans across the world came together for a journey back to the magical Wizarding World we all fell in love with 19 years ago.
Most of us pulled all nighters because we simply could not put the book down while others had to distract themselves every few hours so they could savor the book for as long as possible. Some of us cried, some of us were filled with excitement and some were a little disappointed. We’ll give you a little insight into what brought up all these emotions, the good, the not so good and everything in between.
The first thing to note about the eighth Harry Potter book is that it is a script for a play and therefore the format of the story is written for a stage setting. However, for many of us half way through the first act we were already so drawn into the story that we forgot about the format and were whisked away to the magical place in our minds where Harry Potter and his friends exist.
The story line is set 19 years later, with a 30 year old Harry, happily married to Ginny, a father of three and a ministry official. Hermonie and Ron are still together, happily married with a child and jobs that totally define who they are. This automatically excites many of us, because after the last book we all had theories on what the three heroes of our story would go on to do in the future, what their lives would be like and how their world would change. As the story unfolds and we meet the two heroes of this story, Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, through their adventures and mishaps, we are taken back to many of the places and experiences we went through with our previous trio of heroes.
While this story gave us a lot to be excited about, with twists and turns and as always magical events we can’t get enough of. There were a lot of fans out there that wanted and expected more out of the book. Some felt that because of the play format the story lost it’s usual glamour, the details that we all crave from the previous books could not be included here, the depth and variety of characters also suffered and for some they felt the story was rushed. Even though there were some revelations and some interesting surprises that might have caught some of us off guard, the plot itself was fairly a simple plot with a somewhat predictable ending.
We believe that the success of both the book and the play are riding on the feeling of nostalgia and the loyalty of Potter fans everywhere.The reason many of us picked up the book in the first place even though many of us were skeptical about the format and the plot, was simply because we had grown up loving this world and we are very thankful despite some of the things we have listed above, to be reminded of how wonderful the Wizarding World of Harry Potter truly is.