5 / 5 Stars
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.
Harry Potter has been apart of my life since I was five. My cousin would read them to me when I would go to her house after school and at the age of 22, I still consider the series to be the reason I fell in love with reading.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was so unexpected, and was so well received by the world, though I’ll admit (as I’m sure most people did), we had our doubts. We were worried that the world we left behind 10 years ago, would be changed too much and suddenly our last look into Harry’s World would be forever altered, and not in a good way.
I’m so proud to say that was not the case.
I read this in about two hours and I was hooked. It was written as a play, so there are stage directions and not a ton of description but for me that just allows the reader to use as much creative freedom as they desire in bringing to the story to life in their own minds.
I absolutely fell in love with Albus and Scorpius as well as their adventure throughout the book. I absolutely adored how Harry, Ginny, Hermione, Ron and Draco all had roles without the story being all about them. They had their time, now it’s their children’s’ turn.
The amazing thing about this was how much I didn’t mind the script format. It took a few scenes to get used to, but once I worked through them I flew right through it.
The plot itself was so amazing and really unique compared to the other Harry Potter books. I was really happy with how to overall synopsis came to life and would absolutely love to see the play version eventually. It would be an absolutely stunning story to see acted live, but for now, I’ll just dream about how incredible it would be.
That said, this finale to the Harry Potter series was unlike any of the other books but still evokes so much emotion from the reader and alludes to so many emotional moments in the original seven books that you can’t help but fall in love with the characters and their stories all over again.
A huge thank you to J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany for bringing this to the world in a print format – I personally am so grateful that I was able to experience it and love how it was done. Thank you for bringing me back home.
A wonderful end to the series. So glad I was able to enjoy all of them throughout the last 17 years of my life.