on July 31, 2016
Series: Harry Potter #8
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.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet and spoiler free. When I first read about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I honestly wasn’t very excited. A script? What if it ruins everything? Eventually I let the hype get to me and I ran out and bought it on July 31st. I’m happy to report that I enjoyed it a lot. It wasn’t the same as the past 7 books, of course but it was entertaining and sometimes emotional.
It didn’t take me long to get used to the script format. I mostly forgot about it after awhile as my eyes raced over the pages. The story moves very quickly, as you would expect. I liked Albus and adored Scorpius! He really stole the spotlight. He was funny and so smart. His wit definitely reminded me of Hermione.
The story was really intriguing. It brought back an element of one book that I enjoyed a lot. I definitely had some major anxiety through most of it. There was a few times I had to stop and take a deep breath. Sometimes the story felt a bit…indulgent. Like the writers knew this would make fans happy, so they included it. That wasn’t a problem for me, but it did feel obvious.
Overall, I had a lot of fun with this. Was it on par with the full length novels? Not even close. It was enjoyable, emotional, and nostalgic. I was really happy with it.