Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - My thoughts

I have kept it no secret that I am a massive Harry Potter fan, you can just go ahead and call me a Potter-Head. My childhood was spent reading and watching the series over and over again, so I of course was devastated when it all came to an end. A few years on and finding out that it’s not completely over and we’re now getting more glimpses into the wizarding world is a dream come true for a Harry Potter nerd like me.  It truly was and still is a massive part of my life.

After managing to book tickets to Harry Potter and The Cursed Child theatre show in 2015 it was a long await for the 12th of November 2016. Between that time I was excited to see that they were releasing the script, I kept my eyes and ears peeled for any news related to it. Although I was unsure about reading it before watching the show, I just couldn’t wait and gave in one Sunday morning. No regrets.

I was apprehensive at first it being a script and not the full blow story, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying it. It was great getting a glimpse into the future dynamic of Harry, Ron and Hermione and even Draco. Getting a feel of the magic of Hogwarts it was just like coming home. Although you don’t have the incredible detail like you do in the Harry Potter books, you do still get a good feel of that magic and the world you’re in.  
The story of course is more based around Albus, Harry’s son, and his experience at Hogwarts and the trouble he manages to get himself into. Let’s be honest it just seemed to follow poor Harry. It definitely brings all those familiar feelings you experienced when the reading the books.

My only wish is that it was a full story with all that detail, so you could truly imagine and get lost in the world for yourself. It all just seems a little rushed and I only think that’s because it is all just script. I was so excited to see how it would come across on stage, the theatre is one of my favourite things to do so!

Last year, Saturday the 12th of November to exact, I finally got to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and it was incredible. It gives you that familiar feeling as if you're watching one of the films for the first time. I know I've talked about this "feeling" a lot, but I don't know how to put it into words and if you're a potter head you just get it. Its a feeling that now the series has come to an end that you wish you could feel once again. One of the things I was really interested in seeing was how it transferred onto stage, there is so much you can do with film technically, whereas stage is a lot more raw. I found myself smiling all the way through, honestly I was literally in awe all the way through and getting choked up in all the right parts

The set is so simple and yet incredibly detailed. I don't want to give anything away because #keepthesecrets and I certainly don't want to ruin anything for anyone that gets the chance to see it. It's incredibly clever how they do everything, that you question if you've actually seen magic.

The casting was spot on. They truly carried the essence of the characters, they're exactly how you expect them all to be as the years went on. One of the things I was worried about was not feeling that connection with the character, especially as you're so used to your Harry, Ron and Hermione. But Honestly I had nothing to worry about you just felt it. But of course the play isn't about them three, this is the story of Albus and Scorpius, you get a real feel of them and you fall a little in love with them like you did the original trio.

J.K.Rowling truly is our Queen.

Courtney xo

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Why I want 'Good Vibes Only'

Earlier this year I wasn’t in the best place and while I felt like I was fine at the time, looking back now I really wasn’t that happy. I was letting my social based anxieties get the better of me and my self esteem and body confidence was at a low.  But it wasn’t really till having a chat with my mum and she highlighted the changes she’d seen in me over the last year that I really realised it myself.

It’s all really came about over the past year once I really became interested in Crystals, spirituality, Buddhism, positivity but particularly the Rules of Attraction. Which basically is what you’re thinking and feeling, what you’re putting out into the universe is what you’ll get back. I really feel like it’s played a big part in feeling happier within myself.

When I talk about being positive and only surrounding myself with good vibes. I don’t mean ignore what’s going on around us and around the world. Be vocal if you feel something is injustice and wrong, especially with how the world is currently. Nor am I suggesting not being vocal about the bad day you’re having or the problems in your life. We all have them and sometimes all you need is having a good vent on Twitter before you feel like you can move on. By ‘Good Vibes Only’ I mean making an effort to not surround myself with generally negative things, such as social media or people and looking at the world and everything in a more positive light.

I’m making an effort to not judge people on superficial things and we of course have no idea what goes on behind closed doors. I’m making an effort to moan less and see everything in a more positive light. Instead of thinking I can’t, I’ll be thinking I will! I’m not forcing myself to be around people and do the things that make me unhappy.

Social media can be full of the nicest things and people and then on the other spectrum it can be bitchy and an uncomfortable environment to be in and witness and it was really starting to affect my mood and I just didn’t want to be around it. Don’t force yourself to be around the people or the things that get you down. You don’t deserve it. Surround yourself with only the things that make you happy and make you number one.

I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Courtney xo