Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowlings, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
Release Date: July 31, 2016
My Rating: 4 stars
This is a play, more about one of Harry’s children, more than him, specifically. His son Albus, who we see in the Epilogue of The Deathly Hallows, is a bit anxious about going to his first year of Hogwarts, and being sorted. He finds he has a lot to live up to, being Harry Potter’s son.
I am just slightly disappointed. Not a lot, but a little bit. I do feel like, seeing this in person as a play, as it’s intended to be, would be much better. I would love to see how they create the scenes described! It must be pretty amazing.
Reading this story as a play was totally fine, I found it easy, but I also feel like they inserted many sentences in order to create a reading experience. I am under the impression that the italicized inscriptions were what is being scene, they described the setting. However, there were many instances, where these inscriptions would tell us feelings of the characters, and other things that would not actually be seen on the stage.
I was also slightly disappointed in the feel of some characters. In the beginning of the story we see that characters with old riffs, Harry, Hermione, Ron and Draco, can at least be adults, working together, conversing, and acting civil. But, right off the bat, the minute one reference to their childhood riff, and they start acting like children once again, getting angry and wanting to punch each other, over one little comment. Thankfully, this immaturity doesn’t last. I do like how, despite having been enemies in the past, and maybe not so close as of recently, Harry and Draco come together, work together, and maybe even become, at least somewhat, friends.
I also especially love the fact that their children are very good friends, and really, each child is nothing like their father counterpart. 🙂
But can I just say, speaking of children, that I am pretty much appalled by the other, new-to-us child character?! GAH. No spoilers, no spoilers! But yeah, I find the revelation of this child, and the whole story surrounding this character is…a bit unsettling, and also a bit unrealistic. This is just not something I would consider to come about, at all, around Voldemort. Ever. haha
Overall though, I did enjoy this story. I feel like it was just created to appease the fan base for another story, but also that, it’s a feasible continuation for the most part. It did take me back to the same kind of feeling as other Harry Potter books, which is why my rating is a bit higher than I feel the story, itself, is worth.