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The Ickabog

This was a great book to start off the new year and it was a quick one (thanks, in part, to it apparently now taking me forever to fall asleep at night). At least at this rate I’ll be sure to hit my goal for the year! The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling is not Harry Potter-related but it was a great fairytale that she began writing many years ago, while still writing the Harry Potter books. Apparently she set it aside then dug it back out during the pandemic, and the best part is that she published online to let kids submit illustrations, which are included in the printed book.

It is a heartwarming tale of friendship and of people working together to overcome hardship, but also a cautionary tale of what happens when people lie and let power go their head. I enjoyed the characters and character development and definitely recommend this for adults and children alike. Definitely add it to your reading list and enjoy!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

This book has been on my wish list for a while now and my husband was keen enough to get it for me for Christmas. This was one I wanted an actually copy of, as opposed to having or borrowing on my Kindle like most of the books I read. It has to be added to the Harry Potter collection, obviously!

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne is a script for what is now a show on Broadway. If you are familiar with the books and/or movies, they both end 19 years after the defeat of Voldemort. Sorry I’m not giving a spoiler alert warning – it’s been 11 years since the lasts book was published and 7 years since the final movie. I also don’t know why you would be reading this book if you weren’t familiar with the books and/or movies and I wouldn’t recommend it. Anyway…the beginning of the Cursed Child should be familiar. Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, and their respective children are gathered at Kings Cross Station for the departure of the Hogwart’s Express. Harry and Ginny’s middle child, Albus, is starting his first year at Hogwarts. I’d say Albus is the main character of this story/show, along with his best friend, Scorpius, but don’t worry – the main characters we know and love are all very involved throughout.

I won’t give any more spoilers, but the story is about how dark magic is still present in the wizarding world as well as what it means to live as Harry Potter’s child, which Albus struggles with. And he ends up on an adventure reminiscent of his father’s escapades while at Hogwarts. I’ve never read a screenplay before but it was just like reading a book. Except a lot shorter. There aren’t a lot of details about internal emotions, facial expressions, or scenery because that’s what you’re supposed to see on stage. So now, obviously, I have to go see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway. Who’s ready?!


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Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

This isn’t really a story. There is a little intro and a couple vignettes throughout, but it’s mostly a list of fantastic beasts and where to find them. 🙂

I bought and read it because there is a movie coming out in the fall (starring Eddie Redmayne) so I was intrigued. Maybe not worth the money, but it’s cute and everything creative you would imagine from JK Rowling. And it took about 3 hours to read. The movie looks interesting and appears to be the adventures of the Newt Scamander discovering all these fantastic beasts.