Potter Stage Directions

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There are many differing opinions on the continuation of the Harry Potter series in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, however, one thing that cannot be argued against is the profound beauty of the stage directions. J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany produced a play that is not only splendiferous to watch but exceptionally magical to read, specifically when nothing is spoken. Throughout the play there are moments and entire scenes in which the stage directions provide the brunt of the emotion. In an almost Tennessee Williams-esque length of direction Thorne and Rowling create a depth that is both lost and not lost in the live production of the play. The three examples I have chosen are key moments in the play that are stylistically…show more content…
First, how can a silence twist? This is the precisely poetic stage direction to which I am referring. The fullness of the direction read, “There’s a silence. A perfect, profound silence. One that sits low, twists a bit, and has damage within it.” (Rowling, Thorne and Tiffany Part 1, Act 1, Scene 4). For an audience member who is viewing the play, they would not have this background information and thus reading the play provides a different experience. The stage direction provides a basis for the actors to go off of, but in its poetic and almost vague wording there is room for the actors to take the direction in whatever way they choose. Depending on the way that the actors interprets a twisting silence or damage, the play as a whole can take on a whole other meaning. Likewise, in Act Two, Scene Six, the stage directions are explaining what time does – a conceptual direction on a figurative character. Time thinking not only personifies it but also creates yet another moment of division between the reading and watching of the play; someone in the audience would not know that during this particular moment time is meant to be thinking. Finally, Act Two, Scene Twelve is entirely action and stage direction. There is a lot being said in this scene without any words, the final directions of this scene perhaps say the most for a person reading the
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