If You Liked x, Read y: HP Edition

September 1, 2016

Unless you were truly *~off the grid ~* this summer, you surely picked up on a renewed Pottermania fervour with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a script of the sold-out play co-written by Potter OG J.K Rowling, as well as playwrights Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Without spoiling anything about the new book (though if you want to talk about it, please email us, we have opinions), we’ve always evangelized reading plays here at All Lit Up. With it being September 1st and all – the day young wizards go back to Hogwarts – we’re saluting two plays that would make great follow-ups to the new HP.

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Unless you were truly *~off the grid ~* this summer, you surely picked up on a renewed Pottermania fervour with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a script of the sold-out play co-written by Potter OG J.K Rowling, as well as playwrights Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Without spoiling anything about the new book (though if you want to talk about it, please email us, we have opinions), we’ve always evangelized reading plays here at All Lit Up. With it being September 1st and all – the day young wizards go back to Hogwarts – we’re saluting two plays that would make great follow-ups to the new HP.

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Jordan Tannahill - Concord Floral (Playwrights Canada Press)

There’s a secret hidden in Concord Floral, the eponymous abandoned greenhouse where the suburban kids of Tannahill’s play go to be themselves. The two friends who find it set off a series of dangerous events, not unlike the exploits of black-sheep, middle-child Potter Albus Severus, and his equally misfit best friend, Scorpius Malfoy. Tannahill’s character names – Bobolink, Nearly Wild, and Couch, among others – are also inventive like Rowling’s. (This would also make a great Stranger Things followup).

 

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Bryden MacDonald - With Bated Breath (TalonBooks)

A mentor gives the protagonist of With Bated Breath, Willy, the following advice: “There’s nothing safe. We’re never safe. If you ever thought you were, you were in denial.” With that, the most Harry Potter-est of sayings, this play follows Willy’s runaway journey from Cape Breton to Montreal, where he gets caught up in the dangerous red-light district life. This examination of one person’s memory and legacy is a parallel to Rowling/Thorne/Tiffany’s own meditation on who inherits us, and how.

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