Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 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.
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.
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.
I know I’m late on the “bashing on the Cursed Child” trend. I bought the book on the day it was released and read it within a few hours. I just never got around to writing a review on it. I’m going, to be honest here and say that I didn’t enjoy The Cursed Child as much as I did the other Harry Potter book. I felt like it lacks the depth the Harry Potter series has. This may be because they had to take into account that this is an actual play and everything that happens in the script needs to be possible on stage. However, I did enjoy this quick read very much and would recommend this book to Harry Potter fans out there.
One problem I had with the book is how out-of-character the original characters are. I understand that it had been 19 years, but I still can’t understand why Harry had changed from a laid-back (as laid-back as he could be with a nose-less Dark Lord after his head), reckless, yet courageous teenager with a sense of humour, into a paranoid, awkward, failure of a parent. I can’t think of him as the same person when he told Albus that he didn’t want him as a son, I definitely couldn’t imagine him as the same person when he told Albus to stay away from Scorpius.
You may argue that he is an adult now, and with all the responsibilities and stresses in life, he may become more cynical, but can mortgage and office drama really be as stressful as having the fate of the world on your shoulder as a teenager? I doubt it.Also, the way he tore Albus and Scorpius apart and the way he threatens Professor McGoniger was disturbingly uncharacteristic. Harry Potter had always been shown as soft-spoken and respectful around people who are elder than him (maybe except Snape, which is understandable). He is supposed to know how important human relationships are because of his own experience. To think that he would risk his relationship with one of his mentors to tore apart his son’s most important relationship just doesn’t seem right, in fact, it should be against his very core values.
I also feel like there are a lot of plot lines that was skipped over. How did Albus and Scorpius stole baby Harry’s blanket under the watch of Lily and James, write a message on it, and then wrap him back in the blanket? Wasn’t the Potter family being pursued by an over-powered psychopath who is trying to kill them? What safe-house against the Dark Lord allowed two teenagers to sneak in, got in contact with the baby (without him crying), and got out without the parents even knowing that? That’s some serious child neglect here.
This may be due to the duration of the play, or the physical restraints they face on the stage, which is why they shouldn’t have attempted a story that complicated. Although I love complex stories like the original Harry Potter books, I still think they should have stick to shorter stories with more details, instead of a supposedly very complex plot but skipping all the important parts. I would be more happy to read a story that doesn’t involve any villains, time-traveling, and dramatic plots, but has a logical flow. It would have made a sufficiently good story just to have Albus and Scorpius enjoying school life like a normal student, something that their fathers didn’t get to do.
Enough about the negativity, let’s talk about what I liked.
I loved Albus and Scorpius’s bromance. Even though Scorpius did say that he wanted to make friends and escape the negativity he felt at home because of Voldermort, their friendships are not like Harry and Ron’s. They are both underdogs and find comfort from each other. They are very ready to show affection to each other and I think it is certainly something that isn’t portrayed in friendships between two boys/men.
I understand some fans out there were annoyed that they weren’t portrayed as having a romantic relationship, and I don’t blame them. I am quite conflicted in whether hoping that they would have a healthy, romantic relationship which is never explicitly shown in any harry Potter books and movie, or an affectionate, close friendship that is rarely portrayed to be between two boys/men.
However, the way they forced a heterosexual romance that is very out-of-no-where at the very end of the book did put me off. I don’t see why Scorpius would fall for Rose, who was very mean and judgemental towards him. It feels like the authors are just forcing him to have a crush on someone who despises him (all of these are red flags for an unhealthy relationship) just to make it clear that Scorpius would never be with Albus. I can’t help but feel sorry for Scorpius because of that, it doesn’t have to be Albus, but he deserves someone who actually likes him back.