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text SPOILER ALERT! 2019-10-27 23:17
The Sorting Hat Dilemma
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II (Special Rehearsal Edition) - J.K. Rowling,John Kerr Tiffany,Jack Thorne

By now, it's canon that the Sorting Hat takes into account the desires of the student -- to an extent -- along with other factors. That's why there are some really glaring mis-matches in the Potterverse.


Hermione: Totally a Ravenclaw. 

Snape: Could easily have been Gryffindor.


Clearly, family history also plays into the equation. There's no way Hufflepuff-like Ron Weasley nor Huffle-claw (or Raven-puff) Neville Longbottom should be in Gryffindor, except for family legacy. 


Which brings us to the wonderful Scorpius Malfoy. Is there any character in the Potterverse who so nicely embodies qualities of all four houses? He is the clever scholar of Ravenclaw. He is the quiet, hard-working Hufflepuff. He is as brave as any Gryffindor. And he values his family connection to Slytherin. 


I know that "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" is supposed to be Albus Severus' and Harry's story, with Scorpius and Draco merely their "doubles," but I must say, Scorpius is the best character. Without him, Albus would be insufferable, and I would not have enjoyed reading the play nearly so much. 



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My Reading Deficiencies
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Christopher Durang

As one might guess from the title, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" makes much use of Chekov, both explicitly and by allusion. I found the play by turns hilarious and poignant. But here's the problem: I have neglected Chekov for years, and so many of those allusions passed me right by, my fingers grasping and missing catch after catch. I think if I was more conversant with Chekov's oeuvre, I would declare this play more than hilarious and poignant; I'd find the hilarious moments subversive and the poignant moments heartbreaking. I'll work on it and get back to you . . . -cg

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