‘He really isn’t like his father at all is he?’ (22).
Arguably the most anticipated release of 2016. On the 31st of July, Harry’s birthday, every HP fan probably was either reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or trying to get hold of it. I am a big Harry Potter fan myself and got into the book as soon as it hit the doormat.
This eighth story is not a novel, but a play. It is set nineteen years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows. Although the script is called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the protagonist is Albus Severus Potter, Harry’s youngest child. We witness Albus’ awful first few years at Hogwarts. A school that he, unlike his father, hates. The play shows the difficult relationship between Harry and Albus.
Reading a new Harry Potter story, was of course wonderfully nostalgic. Albus’ grim life at Hogwarts and his loneliness really got to me. The start of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child impressed me and got me excited for what was yet to come. However it went downhill from there. My expectations might have been too high. The story seems somewhat simple. It is easy to satisfy fans with appearances of well-known characters, such as Professor McGonagall and Draco Malfoy. Harry, Ron and Hermione are almost caricatures of their younger selves; Hermione is the smart and sensible one, Ron is the joker and Harry is still the hot head. The relationship between Harry and Albus is tense, but it is not entirely clear how this came to be and why they can’t fix it.
Although I am disappointed, I do realise it is written as a play. With the right special effects, the casted spells and wizard duels could be spectacular. Furthermore, the actors must make the characters come to life. The real magic of the Harry Potter series to me is the friendship between the main characters. If the actors are able to portray that on stage, I am positive this is going to be one awesome show.
Did I enjoy the story? Yes. Would I recommend it? Only to HP fans. Do I want to see a performance of the play? Hell yes. What did I learn from it? Do not mess with time!
Rowling J.K., Tiffany, John & Thorne, Jack. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. London: Little, Brown, 2016.