Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: J.K. Rowling

WOW! i couldn’t put this book down!
Keep reading for the full review…

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Holy hell this play is extraordinary!

J.K Rowling has done it again people!

NON-SPOILER SECTION:

It’s hard to even begin to express how much i loved this play, but i am going to try. For those who have never read a play before and need everything, both plot wise and character-wise explained in the text to understand what is going on, this may be a bit of a difficult read for you, but it is certainly worth it ­čÖé For those whose imagination completes the scene with help and sometimes regardless of the words, then reading this play will be as good as if it were a novel. Trust me, no matter what level fan of Harry Potter you are (unless for some reason you hate the series, in which case my question is: How?) then this book/play is a must read.

SPOILER SECTION:

The fun begins! So this play essentially follows the life of the young progeny of Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter as they embark on their Hogwarts years. Albus Severus Potter and Scorpious Malfoy become the most unlikely of friends on their first day on the Hogwarts express, on this day we are shown so much of our beloved characters and how their lives have moved on! it is truly beautiful and sentimental for a Potter fan, i may or may not have cried a little. Nonetheless, despite my tears, the story goes on and with some handy stage directions we are shown snippets of the boys through the first couple of years at Hogwarts, Albus despite his family’s affinity for a certain Red and Gold themed house gets sorted into Slytherin along with Scorpious who i’m pretty sure everyone knew that on the inside he bled green and silver. But for Albus and Scorpious this sets into motion their lives as they know it, Scorpious has to live with rumours that he is Voldemort’s child, and Albus constantly feels like he is in the shadow of his father who everyone claims to see as the ultimate hero, because of this the relationship between the two are strained. Harry struggles with everything he has to try and connect with his son, but Albus just feels invisible and unworthy. Naturally this isn’t a family drama where there’s tears and emotions and fighting thats between loved ones; but a danger that is unexpected and thrilling. But more on that later.

Let’s talk about our beloved characters! Hermione Granger nee Weasley is Minister of Magic, I’m so proud of our little bookworm! Ron Weasley obvious married Hermione Granger and now managers Weasley Wizard Wheezey’s (I think that’s how it’s spelt) with two kids Rose Weasley and Hugo Weasley; Rose is her mother all over, and we don’t get to meet Hugo unfortunately… Harry Potter is head of Department of Magical Law Enforcement and Ginny Potter is the editor for the sports section in the Daily Prophet and they have three kids, James Potter Albus Potter and Lily Potter. Draco Malfoy marries Astoria Greengrass and has a child – Scorpious Malfoy. Our characters go through a hell of a lot of character evolution. Harry evolves as a father coming to terms with who he is, and how he has – accidentally – treated his son, Draco becomes a better person who shows that he is capable of love and compassion, as well as being honest and a good person; which is a nice change for him; and something I can honestly say I’m proud of. ┬áDespite the fact that he grew his hair out in a pony tail. But despite his atrocious hair choices he manages to bury the hatchet with the Golden Trio.

Back to the boys. They embark on a journey in order to save Cedric Digger’s life in the Tri Wizard Tournament; but as we’ve seen and been told numerous time, playing with time is a serious mess, that can create numerous problems. As we seen when they boys try and fix time, they inevitably create about four different realities that all have different combinations of craziness, most of which amazing people die and in some times Ron and Hermione aren’t even married. But they come a long way and even run into some old favourites… like Snape, Lily and James Potter (the originals) and even given some surprising revelations like the fact that Voldemort does in fact have a child, who is not Scorpious, thank the Lord. But Scorpious evolves from someone who is afraid of himself and stirring up trouble, afraid to live up to his Father’s schoolyard reputation, and who is secretly harbouring a crush for Rose Weasley to someone who is brave and proud of who he is and who he wants to be. As for Albus, he goes from bing someone who feels like he has something to prove and harbouring a feeling of invisibility and feels of inadequacy based of his father’s success in life which he perceives to have been an easily obtained stars due to Harry not being honest with his son. But then he evolves into someone who understand himself and his father more and into someone who is proud of who he is and his Slytherin alliance… Something that is such a huge step for a person his age.

this coupled with a good story, brilliant plot-twists and amazing characters makes this one hell of a play that you have to have read at least once in your life.

Til Next Time,

L.K.

 

 

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