REVIEW: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Okay, so I read this through twice to make sure I got everything, and I am pretty sure I ONLY enjoyed it because it’s more Harry Potter in book form.

29069989Albus and Scorpius are so sweet and I am so happy that they are best friends in Slytherin. There needed to be a Potter in Slytherin just like how Sirius was the only member of the Black family in Gryffindor. I honestly adore Scorpius and how sweet he is despite his whole family’s reputation. Both boys are lonely and sad, but they have each other and they aren’t spiteful.

There are several plot holes that I have problems with (especially with Delphi), but you know what? I don’t even know if want to discuss them right now because, as I said before, it’s new Harry Potter and that is enough for me right now. I’ve spent 15 years of my life with this series and one fanfiction-y play isn’t going to change that for the world.

Was this extension of the Harry Potter Universe all that I hoped and dreamed for? Not by a long shot. Was it enough to make me laugh and cry and fall in love with my childhood all over again? Yes. And, in the end, that’s all I could ever want.

All is well. (Even if parts are on par with infamous fanfiction, My Immortal)


Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
Published: July 31st, 2016
Pages: 327
Publisher: Little Brown UK
ISBN: 9780751565355

Synopsis: It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

REVIEW: Venus in Fur

This is an adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s novel of the same name. The play focuses on Thomas and Vanda, as Vanda auditions for a role she shares a name with for playwright, Thomas. As the two of them read through the script, Thomas becomes seemingly mesmerized by Vanda’s looks and talent as she embodies everything that is the goddess, Venus.

12903397The play is full of less-than-subtle S&M themes and practices, and is also incredibly feminist as it tackles the idea of this kind of relationship between a man and a woman. Vanda is unafraid of calling out Thomas on the sexist moments in his play, even when he gets mad and lashes out at her, she refuses to back down. At times he even gets her point and Thomas will be the one to back down. Thomas is not a meek man, he is passionate and determined, and Vanda is strong without filling the “bitch in heels” stereotype. She is not a dominatrix, yet she has full control over him by approximately the half-way mark. He is not a pushover, yet he kneels before her without so much as a second thought.

I have not yet read the novella, but in terms of the play alone, this is what a true erotic drama should look like. No one is abused. No one is harassed. At least not to the degree than stories like 50 Shades have made “normal” in the eyes of the public. For a play with not even a kiss in it, it is one of the most erotic stories I have ever come across.

 


Author: David Ives
Published: May 21st 2013
Pages: 53
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
ISBN: 9780822225331

Synopsis: A young playwright, Thomas, has written an adaptation of the 1870 novel Venus in Fur by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (after whom the term “masochism” was coined); the novel is the story of an obsessive adulterous relationship between a man and the mistress to whom he becomes enslaved. At the end of a long day in which the actresses Thomas auditions fail to impress him, in walks Vanda, very late and seemingly clueless, but she convinces him to give her a chance. As they perform scenes from Thomas’s play, and Vanda the actor and Vanda the character gradually take control of the audition, the lines between writer, actor, director, and character begin to blur. Vanda is acting . . . or perhaps she sees in Thomas a masochist, one who desires fantasy in “real life” while writing fantasies for a living.