Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Recap: Part Two -- 25/05/17
Note: In case anyone’s interested, just this part alone is my longest ever recap. In total, both parts of this recap reach almost 21,000 words. I hope this is enough detail for you all!
I’m not going to lie. After Wednesday night I felt really
weird. Not unhappy, just odd. On Wednesday it felt like I was going to see
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, but then it was just so different on
Wednesday night, and there were so many things that I was apprehensive about
for Part Two, that I simply didn’t know what to expect yesterday.
It’s weird sitting in a familiar theatre, about to watch a
play with a script you know back to front, and characters you know inside out,
and feel that you have no idea what is about to happen, or what to expect. I
was nervous, a little apprehensive, and desperately in need of a hug, which @aberorca kindly provided.
But then it began, and all my fears and worries were
allayed. I feel so full of joy and excitement right now. That was really great,
and some of the scenes are already my favourite versions of those scenes.
If this is what an ass kicking from John Tiffany does for
people, then maybe we all need one of those in our lives. It seems to inspire
I’m going to start by reassessing some of the characters,
and giving some impression of the characters we only saw in Part Two. Then
we’ll get down to the detail (of which I’m not sure how much there’ll be,
because my brain spent most of the show screaming with euphoric relief).
David is quite literally everything you want in a Snape. He
was quiet in a menacing way, full of suppressed emotion, with just the right
touch of humour. I enjoyed everything about his performance.
James Phoon’s Craig might be the most adorable thing I’ve
ever seen. He sounds terrifyingly similar to Jeremy in some scenes (which I
don’t think is deliberate), and he was just pretty great.
Rupert looks so young as Cedric, but he still exudes the
same heroic goodness that Milligan always did. He really blew me away in the
few seconds he had. It was such a touching scene.
You think you’ve seen all there is to Annabel’s Delphi, but
then she captures the boys and attains her full power, and she reaches maximum
creep mode. This Delphi is Bellatrix all over: laughing hysterically at the
boys’ pain, revelling in mayhem, actually licking her lips when she sees she’s
causing fear, like she loves the taste of it. She’s brutal and awful and gross.
This Draco is impressive and powerful, but so broken and
afraid. He does things and hates himself for them. He’s terrified of the
possibility of sending himself, and more importantly his son, back to
Voldemort’s world. His grief seems to ache. He’s become such a good man. And as
well as the weight of the serious moments, he’s incredibly funny too.
Sweet, funny, full of pain just like his father, but somehow
still in love the world around him. He absolutely adores his dad, and he loves
his best friend. He wouldn’t hurt a fly and he’s disgusted by the idea that any
version of himself could cause pain.
Harry is so open to Albus, so warm towards him, so intent to
listen. When he’s told to ‘be honest to those you love, show them your pain’ he
really takes it to heart. He’s heartbroken with guilt over the people who’ve
died on his behalf. I loved the tone that Jamie brought to him in this act.
I’m going to be honest, I’m still not entirely sure who
Albus is, but in a really exciting way. In Part Two there were flashes of a
genuinely funny, awkward, ridiculous Albus. An Albus who desperately cares
about the people around him. An Albus who adores his best friend and his
father. An Albus who could be so many things. Losing the establishing half of
Albus’s character makes it difficult to assess, but I’m so excited by the
possibility of Theo’s Albus, and I’m jealous of anyone who gets to see him do a
really good Part One in the next month, cause I think that’s where you’ll find
the heart of him.
Let's go all-out for that ship meme: all four iterations of the NohmmyKate OT3. (So the OT3, TommyKate, Nohmmy, and NohKate.)
Someone else asked for Nohmmy so I’ll just do the other three here.
who the fuck put the peeps in the microwave: Tommy. Sometimes Kate thinks she needs to put him on a leash.
who forgot to put the cat outside before sex: Tommy again. It’s not that he’s forgetful, it’s just that when sex with Kate is an imminent possibility everything else just kind of disappears.
who posts vines of the other doing embarrassing shit: Kate’s vine account is solely the YA boys being complete fools.
who breaks the most phones: Tommy. Kate still has a working Nokia 3310. She doesn’t use it of course, she’s not a luddite. But it works because unlike someone she’s capable of taking care of her equipment.
who dies first: Kate, being the squishy human girl. This is a temporary state of affairs as she’s brought back but she does die for a couple of weeks. Which turns out to be a big mistake for the people responsible because Tommy goes crazy and the entire Maximoff clan - plus assorted spouses, friends, teammates and other hangers on - decide that death is too good a punishment. Kate is weirdly touched when she returns.
which one I could see as being lactose intolerant: Kate. Only mildly though and she still eats a ton of cheese.
who thinks they can do something really well even though they can’t: Kate thinks she can beatbox. Tommy thinks she’s adorable.
who is more likely to get kicked out of the bed: Kate. Tommy has the occasional night terror and it has resulted on Kate meeting the floor on the odd night or two.
who uses the computer most: Kate. Tommy prefers his phone, and uses the PS4 for games. Kate uses her laptop for pretty much everything.
who the fuck put the peeps in the microwave: Kate, in order to wind Noh-Varr up after an argument. Guess who gave her the idea?
who forgot to put the cat outside before sex: Noh-Varr. He wasn’t aware that there was a rule regarding the cats whereabouts during sex.
who posts vines of the other doing embarrassing shit: Kate vines Noh-Varr doing pretty much anything. Since he’s usually wearing only a very tiny pair of boxers in most of her vines she’s unsurprised to learn that she has quite a big gay following.
who breaks the most phones: Noh-Varr. He can’t stop tinkering with them. He invariably invalidates the warranty as soon as it’s out of the box.
who dies first: Kate, seeing as how Noh-Varr is a literal supersoldier. Noh does NOT take it very well and destroys half of New York in an attempt to find the ones responsible.
which one I could see as being lactose intolerant: Kate. Noh can eat anything.
who thinks they can do something really well even though they can’t: Kate’s singing leaves a lot to be desired but Noh-Varr isn’t going to tell her that. Not out of any smooshy romantic reason, but simply because he likes his limbs where they are, thank you very much, and he doesn’t want her to attempt to remove any of them.
who is more likely to get kicked out of the bed: Noh-Varr. Kate is used to sprawling across a huge bed by herself so he’s slowly edged out over the course of the night.
who uses the computer most: Noh-Varr. He probably spends more time on the computer than Bill Gates to be honest.
who the fuck put the peeps in the microwave: Three guesses and the first two don’t count. Noh-Varr is going to put an access code on the microwave and make sure Tommy doesn’t have it. His microwave privileges are hereby revoked.
who forgot to put the cat outside before sex: Tommy. Noh was doing that thing that makes Kate go all ~mmmmm~ and Tommy got distracted - it’s totally not his fault OK?
who posts vines of the other doing embarrassing shit: Tommy and Kate both vine Noh the most.
who breaks the most phones: Tommy. He’s a clutz.
who dies first: Kate, and Tommy and Noh fall to pieces without her around.
which one I could see as being lactose intolerant: Kate.
who thinks they can do something really well even though they can’t: Noh-Varr thinks he’s a lot better at the romance thing than he actually is. Between that and Tommy’s allergy to anything resembling romance Kate has pretty much given up on the idea of a nice candlelight dinner at a fancy restaurant with her two boys. (Luckily Billy has enough romance to cover the rest of the team so for their anniversary he pulls Tommy aside and tells him in no uncertain details what he has to do. Billy organises the whole thing, Tommy and Noh just need to put on the suits provided and be at the restaurant at the designated time. And so help me Tommy Shepherd if you mess this up I’ll hex your kneecaps on backwards. Tommy shows up on time and is rendered speechless by the sight of Noh in a tux, and then his brain dribbles out of his ear when Kate arrives in the most amazing dress in existence. And later on Kate’s appreciation is such that Tommy is considering more possible romantic meals out with fancy clothes.)
who is more likely to get kicked out of the bed: Noh-Varr. Between Kate’s starfishing and Tommy’s night terrors he has no chance.
Let Jon have his armies and his devoted wildlings and the love of their people, she thinks. Let him have his dragon queen. She’s in possession of a secret, tragic as it may be, but at least it’s entirely her own. For Sansa, that’s more than enough. It has to be. Rated M; inspired by content from S7. Previous chapters can be found here.
Sansa’s eyes dawned with realization while she stared
back at him, her face a kaleidoscope of surprise and panic that burst wide open
before swallowing itself up again as she recovered from his unexpected
“Hello, Jon,” she greeted evenly. Sansa may have had the
sense to speak first, but her tone was distant—as distant as it had been when
she’d spoken to him on the rampart. It was like she had thrown ice water over
him, jolting him out of his dazed bewilderment. The fact that she sounded so
casual, as if her presence wasn’t anything strange to ponder over whatsoever,
only set him off the edge just a little further.
This is just a meme and it’s not That Deep but god it took me ages to think of these characters? I could only think of Jessica at first and I considered simply putting the same pic of her 8 times fjskfjd
mc donalds/ lab partner/ elevator meme with JRR Tolkein, Victor Hugo, and Franz Kafka. language barrier not an issue in this scenario; you can communicate with and understand the latter two as well as you would be able to communicate with and understand a native english speaker from your own country, don't ask how, this is a hypothetical question
Oh god. This took me ages in pART because I would not want to be stuck in a lift with any of these men. It’s already been pointed out that Hugo would probably take his clothes off, it’s a Romantic thing, and like: no. Kafka’s going to be freaking the fuck out - you know what, he’d probably be the most bearable, maybe? But also I’d have to live with the fact that I trapped Franz Kafka in a lift for ten hours. Like, not directly but definitely As A Result Of My Choices. He’d be falling apart and I’d be apologising and we’d both be wracked with guilt and it’d be a tremendous mess is what I’m saying. I guess this means I have to go with J.R.R., who is presumably going to be slightly patronising and 1950s-male-professorish at me while I try to avoid at any point letting slip that I mostly consider his magnum opus to be a beautiful and touching gay love story padded out unnecessarily with a lot of battles and camping.
This leaves me with a a couple of bad choices. I guess Hugo can train me in my McDonald’s job. He’ll probably begin by giving me a history of the concept of fast food, and build from there. Maybe on like day 4 we’ll start talking about chips in particular and specific terms and possibly by the second week we’ll be actually, like. Preparing things.
This leaves Kafka for my lab partner. Things are going to get in-ter-es-ting.