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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Novel Ideas, in a completionist turn, brings you Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (but really by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany). In this episode we discuss insane bestselling sales, the nature of long delayed sequels, time travel plots, and how plays differ from novels. We also talk about the influence of cocaine (probably none), that Voldemort is likely a virgin, alternate Ron, and the inadequacy of riddle based security measures. And much, much more.

The music bump is “Sybilla Delphica” by Orlando di Lassus in honor of <spoiler of gobsmackingly stupid plot twist redacted>, Delphi.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – A Thing That Doesn’t Need To Exist

Our recommendation: This sequel was a smashing (financial) success. Otherwise, it doesn’t really feel that much like Harry Potter.

Ben: 4/10. I’ve never been a fan of unnecessary sequels. This falls into that category for me.

Gabs: 4/10 faulty Time Turners. Because it failed to turn back the clock and recapture the magic.

Also, if you have suggestions for future episodes, please share them with us! We’re trying to be a bit more responsive to our six or so listeners this year.

Fifty Shades of Grey

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The bestseller parade continues this week with Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James. We figured it was time to see what all the shouting was about. Our conclusion is that there is plenty to shout about. We talked about the origins of the book, why we think it’s so popular, why we hate the main characters, and why it was so damned painful to read. We also cover the (rare) redeeming qualities of the book and the characters and delve into social issues and classic literature. Also, this week we present our first ever listener challenge, so listen carefully and see if you want to play along.

This week’s music bump is “Tallis Variations” by Philip Sparke, based on a Thomas Tallis chorale. If you don’t know why that’s significant, you’ll find out by the end of the episode.

19 – Fifty Shades of Grey – Hate Reading