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BUT WAIT! THERE’S Pottermore…


Still recovering from the disappointment of not receiving your Hogwarts admittance letter? Worried at the lack of owls perching on your roof or giants breaking down your front door? Don’t worry, there’s still hope. You may not be able to attend Hogwarts, but you could still try applying to Ilvermorny, the North American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And even if it turns out that you’re a muggle, you can always read “The Cursed Child,” learn more about beloved characters through the “Pottermore Presents,” read up on North American Wizardry, or catch “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”
in theaters.
This past summer at midnight on Harry Potter’s birthday, fans lined up outside bookstores all around the world to buy the script of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” a play premiering in London.
If you haven’t already read it seven times, or if you’re suffering from a severe case of Harry Potter nostalgia, then picking up the script of the play might just be the Riddikulus you need to cheer you up.
However, if you have no idea what Riddikulus means, then you’d better go back and read the whole series before you even think about starting “The Cursed Child.”
While it is not written by J.K. Rowling, writer Jack Thorne does a wonderful job of revisiting the wizarding world, and brings in all of our favorite elements–chocolate frogs, magical maladies, and even the Hogwarts Express trolley witch. The plot starts off where the movies left off, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts with the Potter family at platform nine and three-quarters. It is centered around the relationship between Harry, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his youngest son Albus, who is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations in his first year of Hogwarts.
“I liked [“The Cursed Child”]; it wasn’t what I was expecting because it was in the play format, and I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as the books … but I thought it was good,” sophomore Ela Diffenbaugh said.
If you’re not satisfied with the play or script of “The Cursed Child,” you can also buy the “Pottermore Presents” on the Pottermore website. According to the website, the “Pottermore Presents” is a collection of three mini ebooks written by Rowling, with short stories about some of our favorite magical places and characters, including Professor McGonagall, Slughorn, and Umbridge.
Also recently released on Pottermore is information about the history of magic in North America. Now, not only can you get sorted at Hogwarts, but also at the Ilvermorny North American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. If you stubbornly refuse to accept Pottermore’s verdict that you’re a Slytherin, and you can redeem your character by being a Thunderbird, Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, or Wampus, all of which are noble and prestigious houses.
All of this new information about North American wizardry leads up to the movie we’ve been waiting for for ages: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The set of five movies, the first of which just came to theatres on Nov. 18, is set in New York, and revolves around the character Newt Scamander, author of the Hogwarts textbook used by students in the books. Taking place in 1926, the story is much before the times of the “Golden Trio,” but the shocking plot twist towards the end leaves you wondering if the later movies might bring back a certain character from the original series (no spoilers!).
“It’ll be nice because a lot of the film series right now are ending, like a lot of the ones that started around ten years ago, so it’ll be nice to get more Harry Potter stuff coming,” freshman Carter Brady said.
Even with all the new additions coming out, it is worthwhile to reread the original books if you find yourself pondering the difference between a death eater and a dementor. Dig your dusty old Gryffindor cloak out of the closet, practice the swish and the flick, and you’ll be prepared to face any boggart or grindylow that comes your way.
Even if you never got around to reading the books when you were younger, it isn’t too late to start––the series is a funny, magical, heartwarming read no matter what age you are.
“I love the Harry Potter series; I think it’s one of the most imaginative series ever created by an author. It got millions of children excited about reading, some for the first time,” English teacher Holly Phillips said.