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Stop “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” From Coming to Broadway

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As all Harry Potter fans know, a wonderful thing happened recently. A new book in the series was released: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” It seemed too good to be true, but there is J. K. Rowling’s name top-listed on the cover and on the back it reads, “The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.” Woah.

But when you look closer—it is too good to be true. It needs to be stopped.

Unfortunately, we cannot stop the publishing of this book or the current London production of the play (the book is not a novel but a two-part script of the play), but there is one thing we can do: Stop “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” from making it across the pond to Broadway.

Let me be clear, I love Harry Potter. I read all the books growing up, attended midnight release parties, and dressed up as characters for the movie premieres. If you're like me, you should care about the legacy of this series. 

There are many problems with this play, but there's one fact that makes it irredeemable: J. K. Rowling did not write it. She approved it, but she did not write it. Jack Thorne wrote it and that's why many of you feel it reads untrue.

* SPOILER ALERT *

Other problems include:

  • Bringing back Time-Turners despite Rowling admitting she went too light-heartedly into time travel in Prisoner of Azkaban.
  • Hermione becomes a horrible shrew (and not Minister for Magic) because she doesn't marry Ron? (Nice message that sends.)
  • Hermione is Minister for freaking Magic and doesn't get suspicious when Ron (really Albus using Polyjuice) blocks her from entering her office where the Time-Turner (and probably tons of other confidential items and information) is hidden?
  • That's how Hermione protected the only known Time-Turner still in existence? Really?
  • Voldemort did what? With Bellatrix??
  • After everything Harry has gone through in his life, he's really going to say, "Well, there are times I wish you weren't my son," to Albus? Not a chance.

Of course, this is a partial list so please feel free to send any of your thoughts and qualms! 

To conclude, this is not about taking down J. K. Rowling. She made our childhoods, and thus the rest of our lives, more magical. Of course the thought of Harry Potter on Broadway with a world-class theatrical team sounds amazing, but it's being billed as canonical Harry Potter which it simply is not. This play was not originally conceived by Rowling, it was conceived by two producers and then written by someone else. A lot of people other than Rowling stand to make a ton of money from this charade, so we should put our voices together and say we will not support it. 

If you want to stop this fake Potter play from spreading to Broadway, please sign this petition. Tell your friends, family, and fellow fans!

 * Update #1 (8/18/16): Thank you to everyone who has signed so far! If you can share this petition with any likeminded Potterheads, that would be wonderful.

I also want to counter some points made against this petition so far. First off, the main point of this petition is to educate people. Most people I have talked to did not know this script was not written or originally conceived by J. K. Rowling. I urge you to read this New York Times article that explains how people who stand to make a lot of money off the Harry Potter franchise are constantly pitching ideas to Rowling, and how this play did not originate with her, but with producers who are currently raking it in from the ticket sales: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/06/theater/why-jk-rowling-endorsed-harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child-for-the-stage.html

Secondly, I understand the urge to defend anything Harry Potter related. You see someone you don't know saying, "Stop the Harry Potter Play," and the instinct is to write, "THIS GUY SUCKS." But Harry Potter is a multi-billion dollar franchise now. So that instinct leads you to defend the people who are trying to make as much money as they can off of this book series we treasure (not talking about Rowling here), whereas this petition is trying to defend the legacy of that series.

* Update #2 (8/20/16): Of course I understand that seeing the play is a different (and more exciting) experience than simply reading the script. The problem with that argument being used against this petition is that nostalgia and the emotional connections we form during a play are the veil being put over us to obscure the fact that our beloved series is being tampered with for financial gain.



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