I was finally able to read the new Harry Potter play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling , John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. Before I start reviewing it I just have to state that for me the Harry Potter series is and will always be the seven books. Everything else, the Hogwarts Library, the upcoming Fantastic Beasts films and also this play, is just a nice bonus to that.
Having said that, I really enjoyed reading the play. Of course it took me some time to get used to the format, being a play and all. It was nice being back in the Harry Potter world with new content. Especially since I managed to stay away from all spoilers. So going in I only new that the play was about Harry and Ginny’s son Albus. Nothing else. I really hope that one day I can see it on stage as I simply can’t imagine how some of the scenes would be happening on stage.
And now without further ado – and, of course, big Spoiler-Alert! – what I liked and didn’t like about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
The plot is about how Albus Potter does not fit in in Hogwarts and how he and his best friend Scorpius Malfoy try to safe Cedric Diggory from being killed by Voldemort. In a very funny scene they, together with their new friend Delphi Diggory, steal a Time-Turner from Hermione’s office. With time travel, one of my favourite things in the world by the way, obviously come some new realities. The one that Delphi, who happens to be Voldemort and Bellatrix daughter – seriously I’m still laughing about that – likes the most, is one where Cedric becomes a Death Eater and kills Neville, so that Harry ultimately dies and Voldemort wins. At the end our heroes obviously win and Albus and Harry, who were estranged for most of the play, make peace with each other.
Some of the things did not make sense to me, like Voldemort ever having a child or Bellatrix giving birth to said child right before the battle of Hogwarts. she would have had to be at least eight months pregnant when she tortured Hermione in the Malfoy mansion and I’m sure our heroes would have seen that and figured things out. Also, there was a scene in which Albus, disguised as Ron with Polyjuice Potion had to kiss his aunt. That was just weird.
I did enjoy the rest of the play though, especially Albus and Scorpius friendship. A lot of times it reminded me of Harry and Ron’s friendship and how they would just go on any adventure with each other. Also incredible sweet was the portrayal of Ron and Hermione’s love and marriage. Probably my favourite though was the time travel essence. That way you saw scenes you already know from a different perspective and you came to realise how important some things were. Like Krum asking Hermione to the yule ball and thus giving her a confidence boost she otherwise wouldn’t have gotten. Ah, I love time travel.
Definitely missing from the play was J.K. Rowlings descriptive nature. Some scenes you already know from the book series and the scenes being described was missing for me. But then again that is the difference between a novel and a play.
In conclusion I can only recommend Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to every Harry Potter fan. Since it’s a play you can read it in a matter of hours and just have a nice, magical afternoon. Hopefully one day I get to see the play myself.
Let me know in the comments if you have seen the play or read it and if you liked it or not. Would love to see what you thought.
Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child/Harry Potter und das verwunschene Kind
Author: J.K. Rowling , John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Publisher: Little, Brown/Carlson
Publication Date: 31-07-2016/24.09.2016