So many times when I love a book or a series or characters I will think "GAH I just want to follow their whole lives. WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO END..CAN'T I JUST HAVE THEIR WHOLE LIFE STORY?"
But then what happens when you kind of sort of get that chance?
Most of you probably know that the Harry Potter & the Cursed Child script came out this weekend. I feel like many of my bookish friends and Harry Potter loving people have been split on whether or not they want to read it or if they even accept it.
On one hand people are like, YAY DIVING BACK INTO THIS WORLD. THESE CHARACTERS. AHHH. AFTER ALL THESE YEARS I WANT TO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE/MEET THE NEW GENERATION. And then on the other hand, I know a lot of people who just feel conflicted about Harry Potter canon and this story that really isn't actually a book 8. What if it screws up the feeling of how the series wrapped up? Is reading a script going to capture what the play is?
I feel like I totally understand both lines of thinking. Reuniting with beloved characters and a world you love is amazing but it's also a little scary to also do that. I understand both feelings from passionate fans.
For me, it's a little different. I just finished the series for the first time this year. At 30. You can read my thoughts on reading Harry Potter for the first time at 30 here if you want. I feel like I haven't even had time to dive into the fandom and re-read it and really be in the ~trenches~ of being a Potterhead. I haven't been waiting for new stuff for very long or daydreaming up what they could be doing or what could come next. I'm still on this incredible high from my initial reading of it and I'm just not sure I'm ready to expand my view of this world and these characters. Even though I REALLY just didn't want that series to end, I feel hesitant to pick it up right now. I'm not ruling it out but I'm just personally not feeling like I'm ready for it. It's one of those things where I wish to have this continuation to see my fave characters as adults but then when it's a tangible thing I'm like IDK DO I?? AM I READY??
I will just say....my kingdom for a Marauders prequel though. I feel like THAT I can handle right now. It's still within canon so I feel like my brain could handle it in a way I don't think it's ready to expand on these characters with Cursed Child.
But I don't know...I think I will just be happy for the people who are excited about Cursed Child, be envious of people who get to see the actual production and continue to roll around in the fandom in all of my new Potterhead glee and make my decision about Cursed Child later after hearing what fans think and having some time away from it all.
So now...I am REALLY REALLY CURIOUS to know what you guys think. Do you plan to read it? Why or why not? HAVE you read it already and what did you think?? I want to hear all the feelings and thoughts and opinions on this!