Equalizing Time: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as a Retrospective and Prospective Adaptation

Karen Keane


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child poses interesting questions for fans and scholars of the whole Harry Potter series about the effects of adaptations on re-reads, as well as the ability of works to stand alone. This stage adaptation, by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, and J. K. Rowling, possesses a unique status as both a Retrospective Adaptation, which rewards readers for their prior knowledge about the series, and as a Prospective Adaptation, which leads audiences to the source series. Thus, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child can be read as a stand-alone text since it requires no prior knowledge to navigate, but can also fit seamlessly into the full sequence of the Potter stories.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680