Warning: A lot of teasers ahead, beware 😛 (I’m kidding)
All the potterheads out there, I’m sure you were thrilled by the release of another Harry Potter tale. However, this time Harry decided to cast his magic in the form of a play. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is authored by Jack Thorne and directed by John Tiffany. The play staged on 30th of July in London’s West End following which a book of the script was released.
It is set 19 years after the end of our favorite Rowling’s Potter series, and is the eighth book which of course is one of the most anticipated books of the year.
The main protagonist Harry’s life has never been easy nor had any less adventures. Harry is now portrayed as a commonplace employee in the Ministry of Magic, a husband and a father of three. Harry tries to move on from his past and lead a normal life. His youngest son Albus, who is now studying in Hogwarts has to struggle with the weight of the family legacy.
The story starts by introducing to our old folks Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione who now have little kids. We can relate to the not so strange picture. The families meet at Platform 9 3/4, as their children are ready to begin the quest at Hogwarts School of witchcraft and wizardary.
As we enter the story, tension arises in the father-son relation and darkness surrounds the Potters. The past starts to embrace the present. The story tells a tale of time and history. Harry struggles with being a parent as he himself didn’t have any. New characters are introduced and old ones are revisited.
Though the lovable old characters have returned, they aren’t the same. As the story progresses and the characters are understood we can see that, the author hasn’t portrayed the old characters like Rowling did. It is also sad that, dearest Ronald Weasley has not been given enough importance. Hermione is not portrayed as witty as Rowling did. Though the story line is good, it lacks Rowling’s way of narration which engrosses the readers.
Also, the readers need to keep in mind that this is a play so the magical elements are limited. However, there are a few bright spots in the story. The new characters are well written. The readers will be eager to know how the kids of our favorite characters turn out to be. On a positive note, Albus, Scorpius, Rose, James and Lily live up to the expectations. It is also interesting to see how the author fuses the past and present. This part has been written very well and will keep the readers guessing till the end.
Summing up, die-hard Potterheads will not be really satisfied with it. It is more like a fan fiction of the series. Readers should keep in mind that Rowling has not authored this book. Owing to the fact that the narration is different and it is originally a play, many aspects such as magic were disappointing. Also the characterization of Harry, Hermione and Ron are not as expected but, it has a gripping story line which is filled with suspense and I enjoyed it. I will definitely recommend to read it, my friends!
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