Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two
Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Throne
Series: Harry Potter
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
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.
Let me start this off by saying this is NOT like your typical Harry Potter book. It has a lot of the aspects of Harry Potter (basically a mash-up of Deathly Hallows, Goblet of Fire, and Prisoner of Azkaban in a few hundred pages.) I’m still a bit weary about this different medium. There was so much more I wanted out of this and I left feeling a bit disappointed, and this was coming from a great HP fan.
I felt as though the screenplay only focused on one child of Harry Potter, and we never really got into the whole of the ‘gang’ and what has happened or changed or anything about all of their children. I wanted to know more of their lives versus a very tiny snippet. I think this is what was a bit lost in translation in terms of this screenplay. I know some people were all, “but Shakespeare wrote plays, don’t forget that” but the amount of detail and length of Shakespeare versus this is completely different. I was hoping for a bit *more*.
Another thing is that Ron was just… weird. He seemed just completely irrelevant throughout this whole screenplay with almost nothing to contribute at all with his lines in this play.
What I DID like was that they brought back a lot of things from the previous novels as a kind of “throwback” with a new twist, while also showing a bit of what could’ve been. I also liked how we saw a different side of a few characters and how they grew up a bit.
Overall, I give this novel a 3.5/5.
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Please note, all opinions are my own.