Do not judge a book by its cover, we all know that saying.
But I still like to read covers. They give me a glimpse into the story and often secure the secret in them.
First of all thanks to Kerrie, for giving me the opportunity to write a post for her blog. Thanks.
So, why am I doing the cover reading of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child even though it’s been out for a long time?
Well, because of this question that a person has asked me on Quora:
Okay, here is the cover of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Forget all the text and focus on the picture.
There is a kid inside the nest.
We don’t know who the kid might be.
But the big guess is Albus Potter.
He is sitting inside the nest.
His legs are crossed and he looks alone.
What is the nest supposed to mean?
The nest is not only a nest, but the nest also has wings.
That nest represents the snitch. But why the snitch?
The snitch is the fame of Harry Potter.
We all know Harry Potter was popular, even before he entered the Hogwarts. But after the first game of Quidditch, when he ends up catching that snitch with style, that was the moment, the students of Hogwarts realized that he is surely the famous Harry Potter, the boy who can do anything.
The snitch is a representation of Harry Potter’s fame.
The nest is the security Harry gives to his kid. The nest is inside that snitch.
The boy sitting inside that nest means that he is getting shadowed by the fame of his father.
And when you look closely, he is not sitting in the middle, he is sitting a little bit left, giving space in the right.
It may be weird, but, it may suggest that space there, is for a friend that Albus desperately needs.
If it all seems overstretched to you, well, it all fits with the story.
Well, moving on.
Why cursed then?
We see Albus is living under the Shadow of his father’s fame, but his sibling is there too.
Why he is alone, and feeling detached? And cursed?
For that, you have to understand a kid not only inherits the name and fame of the father, but he also takes the load of sins.
“It is unfortunate that in most cases when the sins of the father fall on the son it is because unlike God, people refuse to forgive and forget and heap past wrongs upon innocent generations.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
You may ask, what sin has Harry Potter committed?
A lot, I say.
From different perspectives:
He saved the magical world, but much death and the destruction happened.
The Dark Lord is dead, but it does no good to blame him, so they blame the person who is still living. That is Harry Potter.
If you have read The Mortal Instrument series, you will see how Jonathan Morgenstern becomes a likeable character after his death. The Dark Lord does not become a likeable character.
Eventually, Harry Potter becomes the reason for many deaths. Like Collen, Lavender, and many other…
Lily and James, were the elder ones, took the fame.
Albus carries the sin of his father.
And the idea was so strong. It shows in the story.
He desperately wanted to save Cedric.
In doing this, he did everything that was in his hand. Of course, he created a mess.
That’s what the Cover of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child means.
A lonely kid, under the shadow of the fame of his father, and thinking that his father is not a hero, but the reason for so much destruction.
So he was cursed to have a thought like that.
What do you think… Do you agree, or disagree ??
What do you think that cover means?
If you like my theory, read my new post on my book blog. It is about what could happen in the new Six of Crows Book.
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About the Author:
My name is Faizan, I live in Delhi, India. I am doing my MBA in Marketing, and Book Blogging is kind of a hobby. I do like to write about lots of thing, like, character analysis, book covers, book blogging etc.
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