Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
This long awaited sequel has gotten mixed reviews from various places. Some people love this book and others hate it. There are those that don’t want to read it for fear of ruining the Harry Potter world as they know it, and others who see it as an ending to tie up loose strings. To be clear, this book is NOT written by J.K. Rowling. J.K. Rowling did help and give the okay, but she did not write the book. Also, it is written in play format to go along with the performance (and for those that are unable to attend the play in London). This book is a quick and easy afternoon read, if that. It reads very fluidly and goes by faster than you realize.
In this book, we see the original cast aged another twenty years. The first few scenes we see Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, and Draco sending their children off to Hogwarts and from there we follow the children, mainly Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. We do see the other children and cast at various points. Albus and Scorpius become unlikely friends, almost immediately on their first train ride to Hogwarts, much to the dismay of others. They are sorted into the same house together and begin adventures. Harry is overly concerned about Albus and takes it out on him unjustly. The problem begins when Cedric’s father wants to bring Cedric back from death using a time turner. Albus overhears the conversation and Harry’s unforgiveable no as an answer and decides to take matters into his own hands. He takes Scorpius with him to complete his plan. Through numerous time travels, the boys get to see the world as it would have been in various instances of trying to “help” others. Each time, they begin to realize, they have only made things worse. People “disappear.” The world order changes. People they think they know turn into people they never realized were possible to exist. Harry and his crew from Hogwarts find out what the boys are up to and with the help of the children, they are able to set all things right again. Once again showing that love can overcome all. Harry learns to rely on his children and to not be so hard on those that he loves, and Albus learns that bravery is only heroic if the circumstances call for it, otherwise it is stupidity that leads to further trouble. They truly are like father and son, which only adds to the reason Harry worries over abundantly about him. People do return in this play that we haven’t seen in a while and it makes those that haven’t met them understand who they are and why they are the way they are.
This play does skip time a lot. Years are skipped in the beginning, mainly, I am guessing to see relationships set up and then to get to the real meat of the play. Once it gets to the real issue of the play, time is more accurate, but even then it jumps.
The play does end happily, though there were many times during the play that I was tempted to throw it across the room (not very smart seeing as I was reading it on my Kindle), but that was largely also due to what was happening and my being upset at the circumstances. Overall the play was decent and while it didn’t change my opinions about any of the characters, it was actually interesting to see how they would have turned out in various future scenarios, it was nice to see how the future for the children was imagined and how life would continue for “The Boy Who Lived” and all those associated with him.
Until next time! Happy reading!