Hi Guys! Welcome back to my Booksday! Wednesday. Today I’m doing a Review over Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
*Spoiler alert! There will be quotes and parts of the book in this review!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Series: Harry Potter
Genres: Fantasy, YA, Fiction, Plays
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Book Synopsis: The Original can be found here.
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.
Okay! Lets start with the obvious. This is not a book. This is in fact a bound version of the script of the play. I’ve had so many people that I’ve talked to complain about it. I listen of course, and then simply reply… it could have been written in Greek on a napkin and I still would have gotten it and learned Greek just to read it. I’ve actually read something similar before when one of my shows was canceled (The Nine Lives of Chloe King) and all they had out was the show manuscript. It’s this simple. If you want to know what’s going on… If you really are a fan, then you will read it. Really and truly it only took me about 10 pages before I became so used to the play script that I didn’t even notice it anymore.
Now with that said I’ll move on. I love the little bits of the characters that we get to know in this. Which are a grown up Harry, his son Albus Severus, and his best friend Scorpius Malfoy. These are pretty must the main characters with a few more thrown in here and there. That being said, I do wish we could have gone more into their school years beyond the very brief glimpse we get to see. There were so many characters that I wish we could have seen more of and gotten to know a lot better.
Grown Up Harry seems like he is overworked and not sure how he got there. He also seems to be having problems connecting with his youngest son. Not sure where he went wrong with this one, and saying and doing things that he may or may not mean at the time.
“You know what? I’m done being made responsible for your unhappiness. At least you’ve got a dad. Because I didn’t, okay?”
“And you think that was unlucky? I don’t.”
“You wish me dead?”
“No! I just wish you weren’t my dad.”
“Well, there are times I wish you weren’t my son.”
— Harry & Albus Potter
I just about cried when I read this part. No, I know I had tears coming down. I mean sure almost immediately GU Harry tried to retract his words, but from the point of view of his son it was already too late.
“So what would you like me to do? Magic myself popular? Conjure myself into a new house? Transfigure myself into a better student? Just cast a spell, Dad, and change me into what you want me to be, okay? It’ll work better for both of us.”
— Albus Potter
The heartbreaking parts of this story seem to come and go but they always made me tear up. It gets to the point where Harry does something drastic and ends up alienating his son even more.
“I thought for a long time I wasn’t a good enough dad for you because you didn’t like me. It’s only now I realize that I don’t need you to like me, I need you to obey me because I’m your dad and I know better. I’m sorry, Albus. It has to be this way.”
— Harry Potter
But GU Harry finally gets it. And does what he has to to make sure that everything is alright in the end.
“Love blinds. We have both tried to give our sons, not what they needed, but what we needed. We’ve been so busy trying to rewrite our own pasts, we’ve blighted their present.”
— Harry Potter
With Albus Severus you see a young boy who is no doubt feeling like he is in the shadow of his father’s fame and resenting him for it. And it seems like no matter what he does all they do is compare him to his father.
“I’m just asking you, Dad, if you’ll — if you’ll stand a little away from me.”
“Second-years don’t like to be seen with their dads, is that it?”
“No. It’s just — you’re you and — and I’m me and —”
“It’s just people looking, okay? People look. And they’re looking at me, not you.”
“At Harry Potter and his disappointing son.”
— Albus & Harry Potter
All he wants is to make a name for himself without it being linked to his father. But no matter what he seems to do, he is always linked to him. And lets not forget his friendship with a Malfoy. I’m not sure who was more surprised by this his dad or us. The one thing that I don’t think that Albus really ever understood… maybe not even at the end was that for all the adventures that Harry got up to when he was younger he never went looking for them. They just always seemed to find him. But what happened with Albus and Scorpius happened because they went searching and looking to be heros.
Scoripus Malfoy is an enigma. I never thought he’d turn out like this when I read the final chapter of the Deathly Hallows. I pretty much assumed that he’d be a carbon copy of his father… and grandfather. But he was so much more. I think he was actually my favorite character in this adaptation. He also made a pretty good friend. Well at least one that followed and did what he was told until the point where he didn’t. Like when he and Albus were supposed to not be friends.
“I can’t, okay?”
“You can’t what?”
“Just — we’ll be better off without each other, okay?”
— Albus Potter & Scorpius Malfoy
He even realizes when he should do something even though he’s got it better but the world didn’t.
“The world changes and we change with it. I am better off in this world. But the world is not better. And I don’t want that.”
But Scorpius had some great lines… one of my favorites was this one.
“My geekness is a-quivering.”
Grown up Draco… No here’s a side of him we’ve never seen before. He is finally not just a carbon copy of his father. The only thing he knows is that he loves his son, and will do anything he can to help him.
“… And being alone — that’s so hard. I was alone. And it sent me to a truly dark place. For a long time. Tom Riddle was also a lonely child. You may not understand that, Harry, but I do …”
— Draco Malfoy
Severus Snape showing up here was a surprise… but a happy one. Well at least for me. He was one of my favorite characters in the original books. The small part he had here was a great one. Once again Snape does what is right and honorable for the world.
“Strange, isn’t it? What comes from within. You need to run. I will keep them at bay for as long as I can.”
“Thank you for being my light in the darkness.”
“Tell Albus — tell Albus Severus — I’m proud he carries my name. Now go. Go.”
— Severus Snape & Scorpius Malfoy
Overall, I loved it. But I can understand why some of the fans were upset by it. This was a great read for me and one that I recommend for everyone to try and read. It may not be for everyone but if you can stick it through then I think you’ll end up liking it a little bit. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Well that’s it for today. Until Next Time!