J.K. Rowling’s newest addition to the Harry Potter franchise is the theatrical play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” that she collaborated on along with director John Tiffany and theatre writer Jack Thorne.
This story takes place 19 years later when Harry and Ginny’s children are going off to Hogwarts just like they once did. It follows a beautiful tale of friendship, family bonds and mischief and is nothing short of the amount of adventures in the original books. What ‘Potterhead’ wouldn’t want to see this magical play?
Well, here’s the problem: the play is currently only premiering in London. That’s 3,945 miles and a plane ride too much for me to be able to see the play live. So what did Ms. Rowling do for us Potterheads that might not be close enough to drive a vehicle to go see the play? She released it in book form, of course! At 12:00 a.m. on July 31 - which is also famously known for Harry Potter and the talented author’s joint birthday - the release of the hard copy special rehearsal edition script of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two” was released and Potterheads worldwide lined up at their nearest Barnes and Noble to celebrate the birthdays of two important people in our lives and to celebrate what might possibly be the last installment in the “Harry Potter” series.
I was one of the many people that attended Joliet’s Barnes and Noble release of the script and waited for hours to get my hands on my beautiful copy. It only took me a couple of hours to get through the entire script as it was an easy read and too intriguing to set down.
My spoiler-free review starts now:
The play starts off exactly where it should: right where “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” ends. The nostalgia of already reading (and seeing) Harry and Ginny drop off their two boys at Platform 9¾ to board the Hogwarts Express makes jumping into this new type of story from the “Harry Potter” world more than easy.
Being able to see the Hogwarts students that I grew up reading about being parents just made everything so real. When I first started reading “Harry Potter” I was quite young (2nd grade if I remember correctly). Being able to grow up with them was amazing, and now that I am an adult (although not quite as old as Harry, Hermione, Ron and that gang are in the play) it makes it feel so much more lifelike.
However, that isn’t even the best part of this play. The best part is seeing the relationship that Harry forms with his children and how it progresses over the course of a couple-hour theatrical play. The book holds up to the legend of the mischief the original trio used to get into in school, but in the shoes of Albus, Harry’s youngest son. It’s amazing to see the similarities Rowling put into Albus, but also the differences she put into him as a character being Harry’s son.
I do not want to spoil anything in this play, so to end this review I say to you all: read this. Don’t let the fact that it’s not written like a normal book scare you off. It was an easy read and gives such an amazing close to a loved series. While the post-Potter depression has hit again, and possibly even worse than last time when “The Deathly Hallows” was finished, it was a perfect way to end the series. It leaves you hanging grasping for more, but it also leaves you with closure knowing that even if we don’t get more out of Rowling, this was how the series was supposed to end.