Media and Review
App Review: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
By Lauren Williams and Elizabeth Gray, Year 9
Finally, the moment has come that all Harry Potter fans have been waiting for…a Harry Potter app! Yes, that’s right, on the 25th April 2018, the first ever Harry Potter role-play game was introduced!
The game takes us back years before Harry Potter attended the school, where you play as your own unique character that you can personalise, and learn various lessons over three years there. Without giving too much away, we can tell you that the story is an interesting yet mysterious one. The story pits you against an immediate nemesis, Merula Snyde, but you’ll learn more about HER in the game.
Characters we know and love from the books and films feature in this app, including Nymphadora Tonks, Bill Weasley, Professor McGonogall, Snape, Madam Hooch and many more. The story tells us that your brother, being expelled from Hogwarts, after going in search of the mystery vaults, has disappeared, disgracing your chosen Hogwarts house and bringing a certain degree of embarrassment and bullying your way.
Revisit the place we all know and love, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, play as your character, navigate the amazing castle and finally get your magic education, uncovering the mysteries of your family’s past in the process.
Musical Review: The Grinning Man
By Molly Hammerton-Woodhouse, Year 10
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the new musical, The Grinning Man, is an enchanting and beautiful experience that all should have. This amazing spectacle stars Louis Maskell as Grinpayne, the main character, Julian Bleach (who plays Davros in the new Doctor Who series) as Barkilphedro, Sanne Den Besten as Dea and Sean Kingsley as Ursus, Grinpayne and Dea’s adoptive father.
The story revolves around the mystery of the grotesque mutilation of Grinpayne’s mouth, which has caused him to carry a maniacal grin through his childhood into his adult life and has only been masked by a bandage. The reason why it is a mystery is because, for some unknown reason, Grinpayne has no recollection of who inflicted the scar upon him, nor doe she remember his mother and any of his life before he was adopted by Ursus. Since then, the family of misfits travelled around as a freak show, performing a dramatic retelling of the events that came after Grinpayne’s mutilation, including how he found his love Dea in the snow, blind from birth (though, in order to add a touch of the dramatic, they often say that Dea became blind by staring at Grinpayne’s smile). These travels take them to Trafalgar Fair, in the miserable capital city of Lonn’Donn, where they enchant the Lord David Dirry-Moir with their tragic tale. The rest of the musical that follows tumbles out of control as new revelations and old ties are revealed.
As well as having the accompaniment of a moving and powerful soundtrack (my personal favourite song being ‘Labyrinth’), the musical also features some incredible puppetry, which is not surprising as the co-director of the play adaptation of War Horse, Tom Morris, also directs The Grinning Man. Instead of having children play the parts of young Grinpayne and Dea, the actors use puppets to tell the story, as well as having a puppet for the huge wolf called Mojo.
Other captivating features of the musical are the miniscule details that help to bring the tale to life for the audience, such as how Grinpayne moves like a puppet, with limp wrists and dragging movements, which all help to show how the characters, particularly Grinpayne, are controlled by others. Moreover, the puppeteers of Mojo make the puppet look like it is breathing and licking its paws. All these features give a certain charm to the performance and, in my opinion, make the tragic, gothic fairy-tale a true work of art.
Unfortunately, The Grinning Man took its final bow on 5th May, but hopefully it will return to theatres at some point.
Comedy Review: Dan and Phil's Interactive Introverts
By Olivia Storey, Elizabeth Gray and Charlotte Ting, Year 9
Dan and Phil are two British YouTubers who live in a London apartment together; they are best friends, and, as well as making many hilarious videos, they also and have two books (called The Amazing Book Is Not On Fire (TABINOF for short) and Dan and Phil Go Outside (DAPGO) and have previously done a tour to celebrate their first book (TABINOF).
They are currently on tour again in the UK but will also be going to Ireland, Netherlands, Russia, Germany, Poland, Finland, Sweden, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong and India. Their stage show is called Interactive Introverts.
We went to see their amazing show in Sheffield on 7th May. They did a friendship test and if they got it wrong then they got an electric shock; they did a role reversal (see Wholesome Howell and X-Rated Lester for more details); Phil created his very own diss-track; they created a song called Interactive Introverts; and many, many more fabulously, wonderfully, stupendously, fantastically great things! Needless to say, this show was the best thing to ever happen to us and you should definitely go and see them if you love them as much as we do: there are still tickets available for the UK so book them quickly.