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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. 20th, 2016 10:13 pm (UTC)
I'm coming very late to the party, having just finished TCC after having had no real intention to read it. I mistook the first link I saw about 'omg, another Harry Potter story!' as a very late April Fool's joke and, when I determined it wasn't a joke at all, I noticed it was, instead, a play and thus not particularly to my interest. After all of that, I happened to stumble across an English book section in a little news agency in Nuremberg, saw it, and decided I might as well read something on the bus home.

I wouldn't call it canon. The format is different, the perspectives don't seem to reflect canon in my opinion, and Scorpius reads like a Cassandra Claire character. Not that I have anything against Cassandra Claire (well, except for her last book, which wasn't even worth reading on a six hour flight, the 16 hour flight that followed it, nor any of the three flights back again), however I think she's an entirely different type of writer to Rowling and thus this entire play is, in my opinion, as canon as the Draco Trilogy.

(That's far harsher than I'd intended it to be. Sorry!)
Aug. 21st, 2016 12:29 pm (UTC)
You're kind to C. Claire. :P

I completely agree with you about it not being canon, but I've enjoyed reading it as a piece of fanfiction.

Are you planning to see Beasts?

Good to see you around!
Aug. 21st, 2016 08:48 pm (UTC)
I honestly like her. Not her last book, but I think she's done very well for herself and, since I enjoy a lot of YA fiction, I like her writing for the most part.

Your library kids would be horrified to learn that I don't make a habit of watching any films. Since it's sort of part of the HP franchise I *might* see it, but for the most part I've avoided films and TV shows for the past 16 years so I'm not particularly interested. How about you?

I saw your 'if you're around...' post on my flist too, but of course saw it after I came back from holiday so it was way too late to comment. :)
Aug. 22nd, 2016 12:16 pm (UTC)
It's never too late to comment!