Title: The Cursed Child
Author: JK. Rowling Author of The Harry Potter Series
John Tiffany Theatre Direct of Black Watch
Jack Thorne English screenwriter and playwright
Genre: Script on Stage Play / Fantasy Fiction
Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐
QUOTES FROM The Cursed Child
“Those we love never truly leave us, Harry. There are things that death cannot touch.”
“They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.”
“SCORPIUS: Thank you for being my light in the darkness”
“It is exceptionally lonely, being Draco Malfoy. I will always be suspected. There is no escaping the past.”
“SCORPIUS: A doe? Lily’s Patronus. SNAPE: Strange, isn’t it? What comes from within.”
Backstory – Justification
The Harry Potter series is much more than a book and a story to its fans, being a die-hard Potterhead, it’s safe to say, I understand.
The addiction that started about almost two decades ago grew into an obsession of many when the last book of the series was published, readers devoured it in a day, some even in a few hours, left thrilled, enchanted, and craving for more. While the overwhelming sadness of the series ending took us, the movies made us all look forward to Harry Potter on the big screen. That went on for a while till the last part was released in 2011. Every Potterhead has wished and dreamt of having more, Rowling, being her fan’s favorite responded announcing a play, the eighth story of Harry Potter; The Cursed Child, nineteen years later.
The overwhelming anticipation and fan fictions ruled the internet during the May-July till the script book was finally received. While most already knew it is a play and the book is merely a script for the fans across the globe who can’t attend the play, the ones who were unaware and thought of it as another part of the epic series were vastly disappointed. With that being said, story wise it’s the same experience but reading wise, you’re going to miss Rowling and well definitely love the original series more than the extension.
The Cursed Child is about Albus, one of the sons of Weasley and Potter. While the story features two other children born to Harry, the focus remains on just three kids, once again. Rose Granger-Weasley, Scorpius Malfoy, and Albus Severus Potter, no further description needed.
The characters are all the same and just grown up, their chemistry remains as intense and thrilling. Harry and Hermione being in the ministry, we look at how their lives turned out after defeating the darkest wizard of all times. The kids going back to Hogwarts makes us all nostalgic to the very core, the train ride and then the first sight of the school, the sorting hat, oh, common room!
You might have heard how Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy hit it off like Ron and Harry, but wait, what houses do they get sorted into, same or different? Read The Cursed Child to know if Malfoys will finally make Gryffindor or Slytherin would home a Potter or the privilege would go to Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw. Nevertheless, being back at Hogwarts soothes a Potterhead in inexplicable ways.
We’re taken back to the Triwizard Tournament, did someone say Snape? The play mostly is the same theme, this time Time turners get the kids into trouble and well the adventure takes its own twists and turns. A surprising revelation occurs just half way through the script and makes you all the more hooked.
Cursed Child is more of an after treat for a Potter fan but less like a book/novel that is expected of Rowling. The experience, however, gets The Cursed Child all the stars but the fact that anyone who wishes to enjoy the read after reading the Harry Potter series might be taken back can’t be ignored.
That was me being practical, honestly, I Loved the book and was just flat glad to have something to compensate for missing the Live play. If you’re a Potter Fanatic, you’ll be in love as your only dream come true if you liked the series, however, you might find it quite mediocre.
OTHER BOOKS FROM THE Harry Potter World
#1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
#2 Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets
#3 Harry Potter and Prisoner of Azkaban
#4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
#5 Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix
#6 Harry Potter and Half-Blood Prince
#7 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows