Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Stranger Things, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and New York magazine.

Where Did Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Go Wrong?

Where Did Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Go Wrong?

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Aug. 3 2016 12:34 PM

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Stranger Things, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and “The Case Against the Media, by the Media.”

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On this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest, the critics talk about the new Netflix series Stranger Things, a Spielbergian teen horror series that is causing ripples in the sci-fi realm. Next up, Harry Potter fans can momentarily break from their mourning: The script of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the West End play that serves as the eighth story in the Potter universe, is now available in bookstores. Forrest Wickman joins the critics to ask whether Potter fans will approve of the latest addition to J.K. Rowling’s franchise. Last, the public hates the media, but does the media deserve its terrible reputation? The critics discuss New York magazine’s “The Case Against the Media, By the Media” and the state of the American press.

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Endorsements:

Dana: Hillary Clinton and active support of her campaign

Julia: Sweetbitter: A novel by Stephanie Danler

Stephen: A Letter to Three Wives, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.