Probably one of the most talked about releases this summer, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is easily one of my favourite reads of the summer. Although from reading some of my fellow bookstagrammers opinions, I may be in the minority of those who loved this story. I might not have the same criticisms as everyone else, but I’ll at least attempt to tell you why this story is worth your time.
Firstly, I loved how the story was formatted into a script and play. The eighth Harry Potter story is not a novel, it is a script. For those who have never read a play, or who are forced to only in high school, may not appreciate what The Cursed Child has to offer. The readability and description will be quite different between a novel and script, which I hope does not frighten readers into reading this story. I will say that nuance and description is sparse in this story, which I do not have too much trouble with because it is a script. A play is something to be performed, and watched, not necessarily to be read. For those reasons, I do not think the eighth story is bad for lack of description.
The story starts off where the 7th novel concluded with. The original trio are taking their kids to the Hogwarts Express to start their own magical adventure at Hogwarts. The script centres around the relationship between Harry and his middle child Albus – there is a lot of angst and misunderstanding between the two throughout the play. This is a catalyst for Albus to start trying to be his own person and to stop living in the shadow of his father. On the Hogwarts Express, Albus meets Scorpius, Malfoy’s son, and they become friends. From there, they begin a elaborate plan involving a time-turner, changing history and everything we except to happen to the beloved characters from the original series. I will not include spoilers because many people are still reading this script, or are in the process of buying it. I will say, however, that there are many plot twists and moments that I was beyond shocked while reading this story.
In regard to the plot, the script was quite exciting and unpredictable. There were times when it seemed as though you weren’t sure what happened, or how it happened. I feel like some of these moments were missed due to it being acknowledged so quickly, or it was missed because I was reading the script instead of watching the play. For me, I did not have an issue with this. I thought the plot was fun, and provided something entertaining for Harry Potter fans. I liked the direction the authors went with the characters because they are now in their 40s, and have children, which means they have matured and aren’t as childlike as in the novels. They still have elements of their former selves, which was enough to show they still grew up to be what we imagine when we were younger.
I am giving Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a 5/5 rating because I found it entertaining, the plot was not predictable, and it was well written for the medium it was published in. I feel like many people may forget that a script and a novel are not to be judged in the same way. You can’t get the same specificity in a Harry Potter novel within a play. Overall, I would highly recommend this to Harry Potter fans, and play lovers alike.