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Library Happenings – New ‘Harry Potter’ release is script for play

By Angie Georgeff

It’s hard to believe that another school year has started. We wish all of Unicoi County’s students, parents and teachers the very best of luck during the next 10 months. Please remember that we have lots of resources to help you sail through the school year.

The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is one of the most useful, with an array of databases to help students with homework, research, test prep and learning foreign languages or English as a second language. Tennessee residents may access TEL at home or here at the library at Remember, we offer public access computers, a printer and Wi-Fi for your convenience.

Spotlight Book

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” is not a novel and J. K. Rowling is not its author.  The book contains the script for a play written by British playwright Jack Thorne. Now that I have disappointed you with the “bad” news, let me redeem myself with the good news. Thorne is a devoted fan of Harry Potter and his script is based on a new story by Rowling, John Tiffany and Thorne himself.

Tiffany is the director of the play, which is being staged in London to rave reviews. If you managed to enjoy Shakespeare’s plays in high school, this script should be a piece of cake. If you find dialogue and stage directions too barebones, you might have to strain your imagination.

Harry Potter was orphaned as an infant, and abused as a child. Having suffered the oppressive guardianship of the despicable Dursleys, what kind of father would he be to his own kids? The play picks up where the epilogue of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” left off.

Nineteen years after the climactic Battle of Hogwarts, Harry is working at the Ministry of Magic and has three children. His relationship with Albus Severus, his middle child, propels much of the play’s action. We also will have an opportunity to learn more about Draco Malfoy’s son Scorpius, whom we glimpsed in the “Deathly Hallows” epilogue. Since we already know that both Albus and Scorpius strongly resemble their fathers—at least in their physical appearance, we have to wonder whether history might repeat itself.

If the “Cursed Child” whets your appetite for more stories about wizards, take heart. The movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is due out in November. It takes its inspiration from the slim volume of the same name which can be found in our Children’s Room.

Fans may recall that the book, written by “Newt Scamander,” was one of Harry’s textbooks during his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The film’s screenplay, which was written by J. K. Rowling, imagines the adventures of Newt Scamander when he visits New York City some 70 years before Harry starts his education. And he does not come alone!