Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Authors: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
I’ve purposely waited a couple weeks to write this. I actually finished reading this play some time ago. I wanted to make sure I was not just making a rash review of the thing.
I really wanted to like this, kids. Really.
It’s Harry Potter! What’s not to like? Well… It really doesn’t feel like a Harry Potter story. Not that it isn’t a valiant attempt on Jo’s part. All of the right pieces are on the Wizard’s Chess board. They just don’t move on their own like they’re supposed to. They just don’t recapture that magic that made the original seven novels so incredible.
First off, it’s not a novel. It’s a play. Maybe that plays a large part in why I don’t much care for it. I remember feeling the same way about reading plays in high school. The works of Shakespeare… Arthur Miller… I just couldn’t get into reading a play the way I could reading a novel.
I’m not going to get into much of the story because I don’t want to give anything away. If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter franchise, you’ll want to read it. I’m glad I read it. And I’d still read it knowing that I would end it without really caring much for it.
I will say I felt the story was a little confusing. There’s a lot involved in the plot and it can be hard to follow from time to time. Also, and this is hard to admit, I didn’t much care for a lot of the characters, many of whom I came to love over the course of seven books and eight films. Though, this play did turn me around on Draco Malfoy. His character is written spectacularly, as is his son, Scorpius.
In the future, when I re-read the Harry Potter series, Cursed Child will not be a part of my repertoire. For me, the Harry Potter series of books will end with Deathly Hallows. As, I assume, it was originally meant to.
I say all that, but I wouldn’t turn down a ticket to see the stage play. I’m extremely curious as to how they make that work. The way I read it, there have to be a lot of effects involved. And it’s not like you can throw in CGI while actors perform in front of a live audience. The set pieces must be crazy elaborate. But I still think I’d rather see Hamilton.