Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 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 just say, I have been so excited about The Cursed Child releasing! As much as I was apprehensive with how it would turn out, I was just so ready to be back in the Harry Potter world again that I just dove straight in without worrying too much. And I am so glad I did. I will say it straight-The Cursed Child, in my opinion, is not like the original Harry Potter series. And I think because I expected this, I wasn’t let down. However this doesn’t mean I didn’t like it! I loved TCC! I loved being in the world I love again and getting to experience characters I have loved brought to life again, and forming emotional ties to new characters, SCORPIUS I AM LOOKING AT YOU!!!
Spoilers ahead-read at your own risk!
I think what made this book fantastic for me were the characters. I will say I believe TCC was very much character driven. I enjoyed the plot, though the timing and pacing seemed a bit off at time, but the characters brought the novel to life. You could tell that JKR had her input! And we just need to talk about how adorable Scorpius Malfoy is. Seriously I would so read a whole book just about him.* And the friendship between Albus and Scorpius made my day. From the moment Albus decided to stay in the compartment with Scorpius, to the hug they shared at the end, their friendship truly was amazing to read about. Also getting to read about older Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny and Malfoy was fantastic. I thought TCC brought forward a realistic interpretation of their future. I can 100% believe that it would be hard having HP as a father, and I can also believe it would be so hard to be HP when so much has happened to him. Although I have to admit-Albus did annoy me a bit whilst reading, it reminded me of how Harry annoyed me in Order of the Phoenix.
*Just putting it out there: I have mad love for Scorpius, he is adorable and lovely and he is up there with Neville Longbottom as one of my favourite HP characters!
Now let us get to that plot. DAMN THAT WAS A CRAZY PLOT! I did enjoy the storyline of TCC, however I kind of thought it got a bit insane. But that is probably part of what got me sucked in. I liked reading about the Time Turners again ( I also would like to buy my own-if anyone has one please let me know where you got it from!) and the repercussions of going back in time. But the jumps in time from the beginning messed with my head a bit, I kept forgetting how old Albus and Scorpius were meant to be. I also thought it was a tad strange to have the story connect with Cedric’s death, I mean I understood why, but it was weird to go back to that time when we are books past it.
It was crazy to hear about Harry’s scar hurting again-I can understand everyone’s apprehension about that! No one wants Voldy back. And to actually see a world with Voldemort as a ruler was quite strange-also having Dolores Umbridge back messed with my head. I was like “SHE’S BACK?! HOW IS SHE BACK?!! WHERE ARE THE CENTAURS, WHERE IS GRAWP?! NOO!”
Yeah I’m not touching the whole Delphi thing. Nope, I’m just chalking it up as CRAZY!
That ending though…I thought a certain bit was absolutely heartbreaking but I did love how the story ended. It felt like a proper end.
I just wanted to also say, thanks to J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne for this novel/play. I well and truly loved being back in the Harry Potter universe with my favourite characters and I seriously hope I actually get to see the play one day!
I would also like to add, if you are hesitant in read TCC because it is essentially a script-I would say read it! It’s more fleshed out than a normal script I think and after a while you get used to it!!
As a side note: does anyone else just want to binge read and watch the HP series right now??
Pages: 343 pages
Publication Date: July 31st, 2016
Publisher: Hachette Australia