Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was released worldwide yesterday, 31st of July, on J.K. Rowling’s and Harry Potter’s birthday. Upon the announcement that there’s an HP play with a new and original (ish?) story, the fans all over the world rejoiced…. for a short moment. Things took a dark turn when it was said it would only be be played in London. Yep, how unfair. Harry Potter have fans in every corner of the world, and to say it’s unfair it will only play in London was an understatement. Bless Dumbledore, a few months later it was announced that the script will be published! Hooray! Let the rejoicing continue. I pre-ordered my copy in February, yep that’s how keen I am for it. How could I be not? This is another Harry Potter story, I, along with everybody else, have wanted this for years. Of course, it’s in script format not an actual book so it’s not for everybody but I didn’t mind, I actually liked the format because it was fast-paced and easily followed – they paint the scene properly and swiftly.
When the show opened, there were mixed reviews. Some thought it was disappointing, some loved it – I started this book with caution, but I started it blindly. I didn’t read anything about the play, I didn’t read the reviews or the recaps available online. I stopped myself because I wanted to be immersed in this book just as much as I was with the original series. I actually enjoyed this book. I liked the story and the execution and I especially loved the appearance of old characters.
From the first page, I was tearing up. It felt so good to be back in this world I love so dearly. It picks up from the last chapter of The Deathly Hallows – the train scene with Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione and their children. Draco and his wife, Astoria, were also there with their only son, Scorpius. It’s Albus Severus’ first year at Hogwarts and he’s worried that he’ll be in Slytherin, Harry repeated his line, “Albus Severus Potter, you were named for two headmasters of Hogwarts. One of them was a Slytherin and he was probably the bravest man I ever knew.”
The next several scenes passed by in a blur – years flow by without much happening, it’s simply to show us that time has passed and the children (Harry and Ginny’s, Ron and Hermione’s, Draco and Astoria’s) has grown.
Several old characters make an appearance, characters we’ve known and loved for a while and that made my heart swell to 4 times its normal size. A certain character or two or three or maybe even more (no spoilers) especially made me sob even harder that I had to stop because I couldn’t read anything with the tears in my eyes.
The big “reveal” was a tad predictable. I literally called it the first time it/he/she/they (no spoilers) made an appearance. I don’t particularly love this reveal and I felt they probably could have come up with something more plausible or something with a little more history and honestly, this reveal has been used by several fanfic writers so get ready to get some strong fanfic-y feels.
Overall, I don’t have any complaints. The script made me feel warm, fuzzy and nostalgic especially the sorting ceremony because once upon a time it was Harry, Ron, and Hermione that was getting sorted but now it’s their kids.We get to see what the trio does now, all these years since the Battle of Hogwarts. Yes, they’re still very good friends, no surprise there. Of course, it’s not perfect, there are flaws but it’s so much fun to read it and experience it again.
I can’t say much without spoiling the story so I have to stop here. Just know that I enjoyed this and that it will surely make you feel nostalgic if you’ve been a fan for a while.
^ That’s me! 😉