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Mom's decided to rest tonight, so have a poll!

I know that Rowling treats Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as canon, but given that it wasn't part of the book series, is a play, and she didn't actually write it alone (which makes it a multi-author fan play to my mind), do you think it's canon? I ask as someone who treats as core canon only the book series, and as supplemental canon, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. I never got into Pottermore, and since that info wasn't available to everyone (without jumping through hoops) and was changeable/removable, I've never treated it as canon any more than I've treated Rowling's extra-book pronouncements as such. I have no intention of treating a play written well after canon's close with other people as canon, and movie series canon is just that, movie series canon—but that's just my opinion. What's yours?

Poll #2051457 Harry Potter and the Cursed Canon

Is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child canon?

Sort of, or I don't know---see comments.

P.S. Perhaps you think that Cursed Child is canon, but you're going to ignore it (much as you do the Epilogue)? I should have made that a question in the poll. :P

P.P.S. Given that this is fandom, does it actually matter if it's canon or not?


Aug. 9th, 2016 12:28 am (UTC)
I look at it as a step even further than the movies, which are sort-of-canon to the books. But there's stuff in the books that wasn't in the movies, and stuff that was changed to make it suitable to film.

To stage "Cursed Child", they had to tweak quite a bit, and create a story that would work as a play (or two). So it's like looking at a history written 200 years after the event - most of it's pretty good, there are a few bits that seem a little dodgy, and OMG did they really do that as well????
Aug. 9th, 2016 01:13 am (UTC)

Your history thought is interesting to contemplate; I'm going to keep it in mind when I read. (I've had the scripts for a day or two but haven't had time to sit down and devour. :)