I was originally not interested in this story, but then I reread the Harry Potter series again and couldn’t resist giving it a try. I feel like I don’t have as extreme an opinion about this as many people do though.
I love the idea of Harry’s son and Draco’s son being best friends (or maybe even something more, if you ship them, as I do). I even like the idea of Harry and Draco getting over some of their animosity toward each other, of Harry’s son not being what everyone expected, and of the father-son issues between Harry and Albus and between Draco and Scorpius.
However, As much as I liked the ideas of all the things above, I don’t think they were executed well. Everything was so dramatic and mushy. It was basically just, “Look at how wonderful and caring and misunderstood Snape and Draco actually are!” and heart-to-heart moments between Harry and Draco, and a bunch of unrealistic, forced conversations about friendship and father-son issues. No 11-year-old immediately tells another 11-year-old they’ve just met that they have father-son issues. Is this just how plays are? Since there isn’t information about emotions, the characters just speak all their innermost thoughts and feeling and struggles, even when it’s not believable to do so? Also, everything Scorpius said sounded like a Tumblr post (e.g. “Oh my, that’s her. Wow. Squeak. My geekness is a-quivering.” <– that’s an actual quote), which was funny but, again, not believable. So yeah, the dialogue was unrealistic, and the characters from the original series seemed out-of-character sometimes.
Also, the time travel aspect didn’t work for me. It seemed like it had a lot of plot holes and logic flaws, as time travel usually does in stories. The story itself had some issues too. Like, how did Albus and Scorpius manage to get to the blanket that was wrapped around baby Harry, in order to put the potion stuff on it to send the message to older Harry, without Lily or James noticing them?
Then there was the whole, well, twist, let’s call it. Honestly, I don’t really feel much either way about *SPOILER* Voldermort having a child. It was obvious who the mother would be since she was the one Death Eater always fawning over him more than any other, and I wonder if Rowling had this in mind the entire time since, in Deathly Hallows, there was this: “My Lord . . . my Lord . . .” // It was Bellatrix’s voice, and she spoke as if to a lover.” But how was the child raised by Death Eaters? Wouldn’t they all have been put in prison after the battle? *END SPOILER*
I can tell you what I do have strong feelings about though: Scorpius and Rose. Why is that even a thing? She was such a jerk to him.
Anyway, I’m not really sure what to think about this overall. It was good to see some nice Slytherins for once, the friendship was sweet, and it was fun being back in the Harry Potter world, but this play did not reach its potential for me. Maybe actually seeing it how it’s meant to be seen would’ve made it more enjoyable? I don’t know, but if Rowling were ever to rewrite this as an actual book (which I don’t imagine she will, but a girl can dream), I’d give it a try.
Fans of Books 1-7 in the Harry Potter series. Anyone who likes difficult but touching friend and family relationships.
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.
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.
Book Author: J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Series: Harry Potter
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
My Book Rating: 3
Series/Standalone: Part of a Series
Setting Location: England