I’m going to preface this post with a few things:
- I love reading plays.
- JK Rowling can do no wrong in my eyes.
When I escaped to the Jersey shore for a weekend with my mom, I stuffed Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in my bag for my beach read. I have a ton of books on my iPad to read, but I didn’t want to take that to the beach and risk not being able to see the screen. And, I figured, it would finally give me time to read this book!
Needless to say, I finished it quickly and loved every single page.
J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2016
What It’s About:
Set 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the play has a double-narrative, focusing on Harry and his middle son, Albus.
Harry is now working for The Ministry for Magic. (Hermione’s Minister, which should surprise no one.) His middle child, Albus, is getting ready to go to Hogwarts. When Albus is sorted into Slytherin (his siblings are in Gryffindor), he befriends the son of Draco Malfoy (who’s actually a nice kid).
Determined to fix his father’s mistakes, Albus and Scorpius team up with Delphi Diggory to steal a Time Turner and go back in time to save Cedric Diggory from dying at Voldemort’s wand.
Needless to say, this is not a good idea. And if anyone knows anything about time travel (or have seen any of the Back to the Future movies), you know that if you do one thing in the past, it drastically changes the future. Need I say more?
What I Thought:
I’ll be honest. I was nervous about this story. One of the things I loved so much about the original Harry Potter series was Rowling’s writing style. She has this way of completely enclosing the reader in the world of witches and wizards. And as much as I love plays, I just wasn’t sure if this would match up.
I want to just state for the record — I was pleasantly surprised.
The new characters have been taken straight from Rowling’s mind. Thorne did a wonderful job of making Albus, Scorpius, and the new set of Hogwarts witches and wizards the same as Rowling would have, had this been a novel. For me, that was a huge relief. It made it so much easier to get sucked into the story.
The storyline was also classic Rowling. It was a moral story (don’t mess with time!) and a story about relationships between fathers and sons (and daughters). But it wasn’t overtly obvious or preachy. It was just a good story.
I’m not going to make this review very long because if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ve already read this or added it to your TBR list. And if you’re not a HP fan…how very dare you!
Just know that this post officially gives my love to Harry Potter and the new installment of the series.
My solemn prayer is that Rowling continues with this new set of characters and we get even more from them!