*DO NOT FEAR, THERE ARE NO CURSED CHILD SPOILERS IN THIS BLOG POST*
So yesterday, as you will probably know (if not you have most likely been living under a rock for the past few weeks) was Harry Potter Day for a number of reasons.
1. It was Harry Potter’s birthday.
2. It was the fabulous J.K.Rowling’s birthday – the author of the series I grew up with.
3. It was Harry Potter and the Cursed Child script book release day.
In true wizarding fashion (ok I’m not a wizard but I really, really want to be), I celebrated this magical day by drinking butterbeer. Me and my sister spent the afternoon making homemade butterbeer which was actually surprisingly easy despite the fact we were thoroughly confused most of the time and worrying that we’d mess it up somehow. Luckily we didn’t and the butterbeer turned out to be delicious. It was sweet and creamy and everything I’d hoped it would be, even if it was homemade and not the actual drink you can buy from the studio tour in London and universal studios in Orlando. Obviously I couldn’t miss the opportunity to take photos of the butterbeer.
When I was buying the ingredients for the butterbeer earlier in the day, I couldn’t help but notice the huge stand of Cursed Child books at the front of the store. Before then, I hadn’t been planning on getting Cursed Child for a while yet – I would have probably asked for it for my birthday in a few months – but I got caught up in the Harry Potter hype and, as my sister pointed out, it probably wouldn’t be sold this cheaply again.
It was definitely the easiest time I’ve ever parted with my money. Even though I probably needed that money for the Comic Con I’m going to in a few weeks, I knew I wouldn’t regret it. And, 24 hours later, after having read both parts of the Cursed Child script – probably the fastest I’ve read a book in my life – I definitely do not regret it.
This is probably the first time I’ve really been able to experience the Harry Potter hype. I mean, I’ve been watching the films for as long as I remember but because I hadn’t really seriously got into Harry Potter until a few years ago, I never got to experience watching the films in the cinema as soon as they were released, surrounded by an audience of fellow Potterheads. As far as the books go, I did have some of the books as a child, well my mum did, but I have no idea if she bought them when they were released or not and I hadn’t read them properly until a few years ago. I did however go to the Deathly Hallows book release at the local supermarket where I entered a dressing-up competition and won a copy of the book. But, me being me, I stupidly gave the book to a friend a few years later because I was very young and didn’t realise how much I’d get into Harry Potter as a teen.
If there’s one thing I regret about my childhood, it’s that I was very late in getting into Harry Potter so I missed out on all the film and book releases that happened whilst I was growing up. I wish I could have experienced the hype and excitement that the Harry Potter fandom experienced during this time which is why I’m glad I had that opportunity with Cursed Child and will hopefully be able to experience it again with the release of the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them film later on in the year.
So, that was how I celebrated on Harry Potter Day – how did you celebrate? Have you read Cursed Child yet and if so what did you think? (Please don’t leave any spoilers in the comments).