Although it’s been released for a couple years now, depending on where you live, the popularity of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child seems to keep growing. My sister is still begging to go every time they send out emails about upcoming shows. The two-part play has mystified fans and the rush to get tickets might as well be a wizarding dual. It’s that rough. But for those who have, and haven’t, seen the play, this news will be music to your ears.
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The play’s musical score conducted by Imogen Heap will now have an official soundtrack release. According to NME, there will be four suites each containing music from the four acts of the play that will send listeners on a magical journey across the Potterverse. Heap recently shared her excitement with her Twitter followers and they’re ready for it!
I’m over the moon to finally be able to announce that the album I wrote for ‘The Music of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, in Four Contemporary Suites’ is going to be released. It’ll be out on 2 November with pre-orders live from today – https://t.co/eZuRj54XbF – whoop!!
In a recent interview, she also revealed that the soundtrack will contain some of her original work too. “The good thing was that they didn’t want me to make a soundtrack like any of the films. This was a whole other beast… It’s not like the films, it’s not like the books– it’s a play. That was part of the reason they got me involved; I hadn’t done anything like it before and they wanted something truly original.” Get the album on its November 2nd release date!
So you may or may not remember in the first scene of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film where Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall wear cool, pointy wizard hats as they walk through Privet Drive.
The same hats are spotted again amongst the crowds at Diagon Alley, among teachers at Hogwarts, and most iconically, on the students in the Great Hall at the end of the film where they throw them up in the air.
As one Reddit user said, “They threw them up into the air and forget them.” That’s exactly what happened.
The fashion of Hogwarts slowly deteriorates as the films progress with McGonagall losing her hat and even the holy trinity of Harry, Hermione, and Ron abandoning their robes by the final film. What is the deal with the small, but consistent deterioration and forgotten fashion staples of Hogwarts?
The author herself tried to explain away these inconsistencies in the hats of Hogwarts, but I’m just not convinced. “Standard wizard clothing comprises plain robes, worn with or without the traditional pointed hat, and will always be worn on such formal occasions as christenings, weddings and funerals.” Rowling also noted that the pointed hats are a “matter of cultural pride.” If they truly are, then explain to me why even the most anti-muggle witches and wizards are seen without them on a regular basis.
All but one of the wedding’s attendees are wearing hats. ONE.
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If we’re still going by the rules as explained by Rowling, all of the wedding’s attendees should have been wearing their hats. As absurd as they may have looked, they are supposed to be a crucial part of a witch or wizard’s attire at weddings.
Another explanation to where the pointed hats have gone can be attributed to Reddit user TheMockingjay which explained, “Umbridge burned them.”
The only way to truly find out what happened is in J.K. Rowling’s next book, Harry Potter and the Return of the Wizard Hats.
Well, it’s not really official but in a short interview before the Tony Awards Sunday night, Noma Dumezweni, actress who portrays Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, boldly told Variety that President Trump should not come see the show. She believes the reason the play continues to resonate so much here is probably because of the current sociopolitical climate.
The Tony Award winning play follows Harry, employee at the Ministry of Magic, and his son, Albus, who is preparing to begin his Hogwarts schooling. Harry is feeling overtaxed and is constantly haunted by his dark past. Meanwhile, Albus is experiencing the strain of being in his father’s shadow.
Dumezweni mentions the story, and J.K. Rowling’s message is about becoming more connected by bringing our darkness into the light, which I guess Dumezweni feels is not a message the President promotes.
It was a big night in the entertainment world last night. The seventy-second annual Tony Awards took place at New York City’s very own Radio City Music Hall. It has already proven to a phenomenal year for Broadway. As book lovers we know it has been and always will be a great year for the Harry Potter franchise. Remember how psyched we were to learn Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was finally coming to NYC? Well, it managed to make us even prouder to be Harry Potter fans last night, as it won award for Best Play!
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child had some tough competition this year. Even so, out of the whopping ten nominations it got, it ended up winning six. Six! Others including Best Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design, Best Lighting, and Best Scenic Design. I think a huge round of applause is in order here.
The show is still on Broadway if you haven’t seen it yet!
The Tony awards are always a crowd favorite every year mostly because there have been some great revivals of musicals and plays recently. From Cats to Miss Saigon, the classics have come back, but the new productions have also staked their claim in the running for this year’s awards. One of the most talked about being that of Mr. Potter.
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It’s hard to beat Hamilton and Dear Evan Hanson, however the new contenders have tied in heavily to pop culture. Mean Girls, Band’s Visit, Spongebob, and The Cursed Child are the big nominees everyone is watching. The Band’s Visit may be the one that people are unsure of despite its eleven nominations. The story follows an Egyptian military band showing up in the wrong Israeli town.
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However, it’s bookworms and people of many ages who are rooting for J.K. Rowling’s two part play under one of the most powerful franchises in the world. With young-adults and even some older fans backing this brand new Broadway production, it won’t be a surprise if it wins all ten nominations.
Check out the award show airing on CBS on June 10th!