Equalizing Time: <i>Harry Potter and the Cursed Child</i> as a Retrospective and Prospective Adaptation
AbstractHarry 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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