Harry Potter and The Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the end of Book 7/Movie 8. It’s exciting to finally delve into the future we only glimpsed at the end of Book 7/Movie 8. The feeling was that everything was all well when we saw adult Harry, Ron and Hermione but the story of the cursed child opens up divisions between Harry and his younger son Albus. This is the main theme of the story, it’s a family focused story which we haven’t really had in the world of Harry Potter before.
While this is a new Harry Potter story that takes place after the events of Book 7 it is written by Jack Thorne and only based on story ideas by Rowling. I have not seen the play so I am basing my review solely on the Play Script. To me the characters are quite off. OK, 19 years have passed but the voices of the characters presented here don’t really belong to the ones we know. Hermione and Ron are more like caricatures, Harry just doesn’t feel like Harry although he resembles something of the boy he was, he is a bit of a dick here, sometimes cold and unsympathetic. The most glaringly different characterization is Dumbledore who is a blubbering mess in the scenes he appears and feels so out of character that you’ll cringe while you read it.
The new trio of characters are fairly underdeveloped and my impression reading the script was that they were much younger than those presented in the play. At least Rowling understood what older kids in school were like. These new characters are something out a cBBC show (kids afternoon programming)
While there are a few shining moments that explore family relationships this is a story that pales greatly in comparison to what we have come to love.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not a bad story but without JK Rowling firmly behind the wheel I feel it’s a bit of a wasted one.
Favorite Quote: “The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” – Harry (quoting Dumbledore)