Title Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Series Harry Potter
Author J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Young Adult Fantasy
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.
“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”
There are two rules to enjoy this book as much as possible :
1) You have to overcome the thought you have had in your head that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the sequel to the Harry Potter series.
2) Seeing this book as if it’s just fanfiction or a script will prevent your disappointment.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a script. In my opinion, I look at this as fanfiction of the series I hold close for many years. I protected myself from the feelings that would destroy my time reading this book by repeating that, and it turned out I thoght this book was helplessly fun even if it was not my fondness. However, I had a hunch that Rowling didn’t take a big part in this book, it just — weird and wrong; I couldn’t smell her signature in there.
Albus Severus Potter takes a big role in this book. He has problems with his Dad, Harry, so he goes back into the time when Cedric was killed. And the consequence is really bad. REALLY REALLY BAD !
I felt like this was another version of the Harry Potter franchise being thrown into the mix with The Butterfly Effect movie. Whoever wrote this— I can’t remember their names— tried to insert and present the old characters to the play and the only way to do this was turning back time. It’s so messy and does nothing good. There are many ways to present this without using this Into the Future plot.
Instead of turning the prequel to the play, they showed us what happens after the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Act one and two were interesting with a new character I liked. Scorpius, he’s Draco’s son and has very much chemistry whenever he’s with Albus. Just one moment, I thought they’re lovers, the dialogue : ‘You two — you belong together’ made me think that way and I couldn’t help myself to ship them so hard till the end.
“That’s the thing, isn’t it? About friendships. You don’t know what he needs. You only know he needs it. Find him, Scorpius. You two — you belong together.”
(view spoiler) Ummmmmm I don’t even know when they had an affair or anything, it seemed unbelievable to me.
Act four was hard to enjoy, though. I was afraid they might ruin everything in the previous books with a time-travel plot. Alas it ruined some parts of my feeling, but not much. It was just okay because I kept telling myself all the time but this is fanfiction and don’t take it serious.
All in all, I quite enjoyed this but I also hope wholeheartedly that this book is a full-length novel, not a script, or Rowling just let the story end that way with those seven books I want to cherish forever.
I have a question. Will this book be turned into a full novel in the near future ? If it’s a big YES, I’ll read it undoutedly ! Because it might be better if the book is more descriptive than this.
HP is my life, and this book is a drop of honey to quench my craving this year.