Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — FINALLY!

July 31st, 2016 by

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Rehearsal ScriptA few months ago, we shared the exciting news that the official 8th story in the Harry Potter saga was on its way. Well, the wait is now over: As of today (Harry Potter’s birthday), the Special Rehearsal Edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now available!

If you recall, this is a printing of the full script for the new Cursed Child stage play in London, which follows the lives of Harry and his family 19 years after the main action in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. At first, we thought only those lucky enough to watch the play would be able to see what unfolds, but thanks to this printing, wizards and witches all over the world (including us!) can now catch up with the Boy Who Lived.

Let’s all do a Dumbledore dance of joy!

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Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of our systems…

If you want to see how some other Potterheads celebrated the occasion, check out this video from Scholastic, the American publishers of the Harry Potter books. We both used to work there, but sadly, we left way before The Cursed Child came about. So we were not part of this “MuggleMob” — although we wish we could have been!

So, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, what are YOU doing to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildDid you attend a midnight release party? Did you clear your calendar for today in order to read uninterrupted? Are you wearing any gear to show your house pride? Leave a comment and share your Cursed Child activities!

And obviously, please share your thoughts on the book too! (But please, no spoilers! We haven’t finished reading it yet. Speaking of which… gotta go!)

Harry Potter #8: Coming Soon-ish!

February 15th, 2016 by

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Image from Pottermore.com

If you’ve spent even a nanosecond on Kidsmomo, then you know that we are HUGE Harry Potter fans. We’ve been to LeakyCon, we’ve been to the Quidditch World Cup, and we’ve been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter — multiple times each. But here’s one thing we’re not doing: going to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the upcoming play that J.K. Rowling calls the official “eighth story in the Harry Potter series.”

Obviously, we’d love the ability to apparate in London to see the show when it opens this summer, but it’s a bit far for muggle travel. So we were ecstatic to hear the latest Harry Potter news a few days ago: The full script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be released in print and digitally at the same time that the play premieres this summer — on Harry’s birthday, July 31st, 2016!

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself here. In case you haven’t heard of the play before, here’s the scoop: The story takes place 19 years after the main action in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So Harry is an adult, but that doesn’t mean life is all rainbows and sunshine, of course. Here’s the official description:

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.

Until a few days ago, the only way to experience this new story would have been to see the play in London — and unfortunately, portkey travel is not included in the ticket price. But now we can all celebrate the news that the script will be published for muggles, wizards, and witches all over the world to enjoy.

The first printing of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be a “Special Rehearsal Edition,” which will reflect the script during the play’s preview period. Later, a “Definitive Collector’s Edition” will be published with the show’s final version (many plays make small changes during preview performances).

So now the biggest question is: Will you get the rehearsal edition of the script as soon as it comes out, will you wait until the definitive version is available, or will you just get both? Personally, I’ll be looking for an ever-expanding bag like Hermione’s so that I can buy and carry both versions!

— Karen

Despite being a Hufflepuff, Karen is not a patient person, so it’s going to be hard waiting until July to read the script. Maybe it’s time for a re-read of Deathly Hallows!

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