Happy Birthday Harry!
We love Shakespeare, we love J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter, and we could not resist.
‘Tis time to celebrate them together!
[Outside Hogwarts. Harry, wearing his invisibility cloak, attended by Ron and Hermione]
HARRY: [To Hermione] ‘Tis time / …Lend thy hand, / And pluck my magic garment from me. So: [Lays down his invisibility cloak, revealing himself] / Lie there, my art (1).
VOLDEMORT: Show me [the] one scar character’d on thy skin / …flesh preserved so whole do seldom win (2).
HARRY: He jests at scars that never felt a wound (3). [Our wands] are birds of the selfsame feather (4): Two stars keep not their motion in one sphere; / Nor can [the wizard world] brook a double reign, / of Harry [Potter] and [Lord Voldemort] (5).
VOLDEMORT: I bear a charmed life, which must not yield (6). Sumbit thee, boy (7).
HARRY: [Dumbledore’s] soul / Is but a little way above our heads, / Staying for thine to keep him company: / Either thou, or I, or both, must go with him (8).
VOLDEMORT: Thou, wretched boy, that didst consort him here, / Shalt with him hence! (9) Come basilisk, / And kill the innocent gazer with thy sight; / For in the shades of death I shall find joy (10).
HARRY: Men for their sons, wives for their husbands, / And orphans for their parents’ timeless death – / Shall rue the hour that ever thou wast born. / The owl shriek’d at thy birth, – an evil sign. (11). When every feather sticks in his own wing, / Lord [Voldemort] will be left a naked gull, / Which flashes now a phoenix! (12)
[The battle ensues…]
HARRY: A feather will turn the scale (13). [Fawkes cries. Harry strikes.] There stand, [Voldemort disintegrates] / For thou art spell-stopped (14).
Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series; Shakespeare re-arranged by Laboni Islam
1) The Tempest, I.ii, 111-113
2) Henry VI, Part II; III.i; 1585-1586
3) Romeo & Juliet, II.i, 845
4) Henry VI, Part III; III.iii, 1858
5) Henry IV, Part I; V.iv; 3023-3025
6) Macbeth, V.viii, 2489
7) King John, II.i, 455
8) Romeo & Juliet, III.i, 1635-1637
9) Romeo & Juliet, III.i, 1638-1639
10) Henry VI, Part II; III.ii; 1733-1735
11) Henry VI, Part III; V.vi; 3036-3039
12) Timon of Athens, II.i, 658-660
13) Measure for Measure, IV.ii, 1912-1913
14) The Tempest, V.i, 2089-2090