I didn’t grow up reading the Harry Potter series like most people my age did—I read them all at once during high school—but they were the books that jump started my love for writing. When the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne was released, I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately, it didn’t match expectations.
Cursed Child is not prose. Instead, it’s the script for the stage production across the pond. The story follows Harry and his son, Albus, as they struggle with finding a connection. Albus is sorted into Slytherin and is a self-described loser. Harry just can’t connect. So when Albus and Scorpius, Draco Malfoy’s son and Albus’s best friend, discover an illegal time-turner in the Ministry’s possession, they plot to go back in time and save Cedric from his untimely demise during the Triwizard Tournament.
First of all, I didn’t hate it—I enjoyed reading it. It just didn’t live up to the greatness of the original series, and I don’t think it ever could have. The original seven books have such a monumental following that anything proceeding them couldn’t be as great. This story, while fun and entertaining, just felt like J.K. Rowling tried to cram every popular (and unpopular) character from the original series into one story. Everyone is in this story. And as fun as that is, it feels forced.
Being a script instead of prose, I’m fascinated by some of the descriptions of magic. How they manage to pull off some of the special effects on stage is a trick I desperately want to see. With a television show or movie, I wouldn’t be so impressed—CGI is magic all its own—but on the stage, I’d imagine producing a Patronus or drinking a Polyjuice potion would be incredibly hard to execute. I’ll still be wondering how they do it until the day I get to see this play.
Overall, Cursed Child is a fun follow-up to Rowling’s original seven books, and while it doesn’t exactly match their amazingness, it’s still it’s own kind of awesome. I’d suggest it to any fan, and if anyone has some tickets they’d like to share, let me know—I’d gladly take them off your hands!