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in this issue ASA BUTTERFIELD BY MITCHELL NGUYEN MCCORMACK

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I & II” and Three More Hot Reads

J.K. Rowling’s latest work in the “Harry Potter” series takes on an interesting twist, as it emerged not as a novel, but as a script for a play instead

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The stage play version of the Potters

Needless to say, anticipation runs high as the show premiered last July 30 in London. Titled “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I & II” (Little, Brown and Company) and written by Rowling herself and two playwrights, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, the whole script was released a day after.

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The plot picks up 19 years following the demise of Voldemort and features a surprisingly diverse cast. Hermione Granger, for example, is played by English actress Noma Dumezweni, who is of South African heritage. Of course, it is Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus Potter, who steals the spotlight as he undergoes his first year at Hogwarts. For die-hard Potter fans, there’ll be a special collector’s edition of the script comprising the first and the second parts of the show as well as a “Special Rehearsal Edition.”

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Draco and Scorpius Malfoy actors of the stage play

3 More Hot Reads

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1. The “Reigning Men” exhibition at LACMA in Los Angeles last August revisits menswear trends in the last three centuries. Chockfull with inspirational sartorial ideas, the presentation is further encapsulated in a nifty graphic tome titled “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715 – 2015” (Prestel).

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2. One of the timeless essentials of men’s fashion is the suit. Leading cultural historian Christopher Breward took a dive into the history of fashion and penned down the evolution of men’s suits throughout the last century in “The Suit: Form, Function and Style” (Reaktion Books). A sumptuous read for menswear enthusiasts of all ages.

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3. Who doesn’t know Nike? But who does know its brand founder? Phil Knight finally opened up about his beginnings and the irrepressible check-sign brand in his memoir “Shoe Dog” (Scribner). This could just be the perfect go-to guide for starting your own business empire.

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