Harry Potter and the Cursed Child | J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne | July 2016
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As a massive Harry Potter fan, I am always excited at the prospect of new stories from this world. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is no exception and I was SO excited at the idea of meeting these characters again later in their lives.
I think it's important to remember that this is a play. It is designed to be acted out and so it is mostly dialogue with some stage directions thrown into the mix. I'm not particularly a huge fan of reading plays but this read really well. Maybe it's because I already know some of the characters or maybe it's because you can feel Rowling in the dialogue and so it still feels like Harry Potter.
Some of the things I loved: the little throwbacks to previous Harry Potter books (particularly the first scene in King's Cross), meeting old characters, revisiting previous events from the series, the relationship between Albus and Scorpius and the father-son relationship between Harry and Albus.
The Not-So-Perfect: I want to avoid spoilers but the major "twist" in the story felt a bit odd to me. It didn't quite add up with what we already know about a certain character and I didn't love the idea. The villain of the story felt a bit stereotypical and lacking in depth but, again, this is just a script and I can appreciate that the person acting out the scenes would bring more to the role. I also felt that the friendship between Albus and Scorpius was heading in a certain direction and was very surprised that it didn't. It felt like it was being seriously hinted at and I think it would have brought a whole new dynamic to the story if it were to happen.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I absolutely love these characters and returning to this universe. It's not perfect but I think it probably has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
Have you read the play? What are you thoughts? I'd love to know!