Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two
Series: Harry Potter #8
Authors:J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Pub Date: July 31st, 2016
My Rating: ★★★★☆
What a pleasure it was to read about Harry Potter again! After all those years, we have a new story of Harry, and now it is something completely else. First of all, this is a play – and it has to be read as a play, so do not expect the same level of complexity as in a seven hundred pages book. Second of all – this is a story of Harry and Ginny’s son – Albus and Draco Malfoy’s son – Scorpius. A friendship of Potter and Malfoy! Something unimaginable nineteen yeas ago now is happening. Albus is not feeling as he is loved by his father, he feels that Harry wished he never had Albus or at least that Albus was more like his older brother James. He feels isolated, and the burden of being the Potter is heavy n his shoulders.
I don’t want to spoil the story for anyone so I will tell no more about the story itself. Let me just focus on how enjoyable this play is to read, and probably much, much more enjoyable to actually see (I still cannot get over the fact that I didn’t manage to buy the tickets to the play – anyone has a spare one? Contact me!)
The characters that we know are not the same, which is a huge plus. They are older and they act this way. They even have a very mundane and adult talks. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are all parents now, and honestly, I could see them being the parents in the story, it was that weird to read about characters from your childhood that were basically your peers agewise, now having kids and family responsibilities. The actions of the adults are expectedly adultish and thoughtful, and the actions of the teens are expectedly childish.
Because it is a play, there quite a bit of easy solutions for some obstacles. Something that would be much more difficult and complex in the book, in the play seems to be just a shortcut. This was bothering me in moments, but in the end, there were no more shortcuts and the story was going really well. I love the idea that is the fundation of the story, and the minor shortcuts are forgiven.
Overall, if you love Harry Potter – you will enjoy reading the play immensely. You may not love it, you may think that is it unnecessary, but this is Harry Potter and I just want to get back to his world for a day. And this play did that for me.
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