No spoilers! I’m not a soulless Dementor.
Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
Description from Amazon:
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
What I Thought:
I loved it. Obviously. (And you have to read “obviously” in Alan Rickman’s Snape voice. Obviously.)
It was super easy and quick to read – it only took me about two hours to finish it! Because it’s a play script it’s basically just dialogue with a bit of stage directions thrown in. I devoured it in one sitting! Hurray!
I loved visiting our old beloved characters again, and squealed with delight at some of the cameos. There were a few people I had expected to see that were notably missing, but the surprise visits definitely made up for them.
So I try and rate books on my site in comparison with other books of that type. When I finish reading something I ask myself, “As a YA romance, how does this rate? It’s a 9!” Instead of “Out of all the books of all time, how does this rate? More like a 3…”
I’m rating this a 9.5 as a script, and not necessarily as the next Harry Potter story (that would be more like an 8).
A word of advice. Don’t go into this thinking of it as the next Harry Potter novel. Go into this thinking of it more like an extended Pottermore story. Because it’s a script, a lot of the Rowling descriptions and world building that we know and love are missing from Cursed Child. It’s still a wonderful, fabulous, incredible story. But it’s just different.
Rowling included some deliciously crazy surprises in this story. Things that will change the Potter canon forever. (Read that ominously. It’s ominous.) But one of them was actually something that I had suspected before, so I loved having my inklings confirmed!
There were the regular wizarding plot holes that we know exist within the Harry Potter universe, but they didn’t take away much from the story. (Like tasks that are supposed to be almost impossible for full grown adults to accomplish being pretty dang easy for a couple of adolescents.)
But speaking of those adolescents, the two main characters are amazing. Their friendship is brilliant and I loved their banter. I loved seeing Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Draco all grown up. Loved. It. (Ron and Hermione are exactly how I pictured them as an old married couple. So glad!)
Verdict: Go. Read it. Love it.
The cast of the play in London!
Harry Potter? Always.
Have you read it?? What did you think? LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.