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The Cursed Child

I know what you’re going to ask me: Did I stay up all night to start reading J.K. Rowling’s The Cursed Child. And the answer is no. My copy hasn’t arrived.

I wish Amazon had a section on their ordering page determining the level of your fandom and then delivering products from said fandom faster to those who score higher on the list. I think we’ve determined over the years that I have an unusual, extreme love of all things Harry Potter, so… you would think Amazon would have gotten that book over to me post haste.

If I had known that there would be this delay, I would have never ordered it from them.  I’ll know now for Harry Potter 9.

(There’s going to be a Harry Potter 9, right?)

The book should be here in the next few days, and once it arrives, we’ve decided to read the whole thing aloud. It isn’t fair for one person to get to jam the whole book into their eye sockets while the rest of the people in the house wait around for their time to consume it. Also the ChickieNob’s idea that we purchase 4 copies of the book (plus an extra for Truman since he loves books, too) wasn’t financially sound. So I’m going to do all the voices. I’m going to switch places in the room so they know which character is speaking. And I’m going to act the whole freakin’ thing out in our living room this week.

Part of me wants to spread it out and read it slowly, but I also don’t want to start hearing spoilers.  So I am going to read aloud the whole thing in marathon sessions, and then each of us can go back and read it to ourselves slowly.  It’s what must be done.

So, no, I haven’t started it yet.  But I will soon.  Excuse me, I need to go practice my Scorpius voice.

Oh, and happy birthday, Harry Potter!

10 comments

1 Mali { 07.31.16 at 7:28 am }

E-book. That’s all I have to say!

2 SuzannaCatherine { 07.31.16 at 1:41 pm }

No, it doesn’t seem fair (and when was the last time life was FAIR??), that so-so fans of HP should get the new book first. That’s just wrong.

That being said, if you are a member of Sam’s Club, you might be able to get it today! As I was strolling through my local Georgia (NOT Atlanta) Sam’s Club this morning about 11:45, I saw a LARGE table just inside the front door stacked 10 deep with THE BOOK in question.

I’m just sayin’…

3 Cristy { 07.31.16 at 4:58 pm }

I completely understand where you’re coming from. The problem is, people always check the box for needing things before others. Or they stake out places in lines. Or they demand overnight delivery at a fraction of the price. It’s terribly difficult to actually determine who really qualifies for the special deals/privileges, so most companies give up.

Years ago, I worked in customer service for SunCoast video following their week after Christmas. Most of the emails I had to answer were from people who ordered a PS2, but didn’t receive it in time. The company stupidly (very stupidly) didn’t mark it out-of-stock for their online store. I actually got death-threats from people with accusations that I was the reason Christmas was ruined. When I asked my supervisor of the company planned on making it up to these people, he just shrugged and said “if it was so important, they would have found a way to get it other than online.” Bad rational, but some insight into what may be going through Amazon’s algorithm.

Hopefully it arrives soon.

4 Beth { 07.31.16 at 5:02 pm }

I love that you are all reading it together. I don’t want to rush my girls growing up, but I do so look forward to sharing these types of experiences with them. And you’re totally right to marathon through and then go back. Spoilers are the worst. And people have NO BOUNDARIES when it comes to spoiling.

5 Middle Girl { 07.31.16 at 10:53 pm }

Thrilled that you will be reading aloud, playing all the parts. Soon, ahhh very soon. 🙂

6 Lori Lavender Luz { 07.31.16 at 11:19 pm }

I wish I could be there for the performance.

7 Jamie { 08.01.16 at 12:09 am }

I second that! Maybe ask one of your kiddos to video record you for a minute or so. Even if you do not share it online, it may be good for posterity for your family. 😉

8 Mina { 08.01.16 at 8:46 am }

I am quite sure you will like it very much. I loved it. I’ve just put it down. At this point in my life I have to say that it gives immense pleasure and comfort to read that the Chosen Boy faces parenting issues just like any one of us. ☺️
I am very curious as how your reading the script out loud will pan out. Please do keep us updated. 😬

9 katherinea12 { 08.01.16 at 1:45 pm }

Nice that you’ll all read it together and be able to enjoy it! When HP 7 came out, my husband and I almost considered getting 2 copies, but yes, not really financially feasible even at that point, let alone with 4 + Truman.

Reading out loud and acting the voices is so great for script/play reading. Back when I was reading Shakespeare plays for the first time in middle/high school, I got so frustrated because it was hard for me to follow the story in play format. After a point, I learned to get a well-acted copy when I could of a movie/video of the unabridged play and watch it first – it’s how the original audiences would have been introduced to the play after all – then could read and pick out the nuances in the script. I think your plan to act it out sounds marvelous and will very much enhance your experience!

Hope it comes soon!

10 Oro { 08.01.16 at 5:55 pm }

Ah, the release date was 7/31 and we at the store figured we wouldn’t get our copies until Friday or Saturday. Instead, we got our box nearly two weeks ago…always faster when you order it from the store! Sorry…

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