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.
The hotly anticipated eighth Harry Potter book, Cursed Child follows Harry’s son Albus and his best friend Scorpious, on their own misadventures at Hogwarts. Throw in an uneasy and unsure Harry grappling with new threats and being a father to a teenage son.
So, I’m probably going to be in the minority here when I say I didn’t love this. I’m well versed in reading play scripts, and I can see this would be a good stage play. But the story just well, lacked.
Albus is, at times, a two dimensional representations of teen angst. Harry echoed his own angst hallmarked in Order of the Phoenix. Hermione and Professor McGonagall were restrained, and Ron was completely superfluous to the story.
I wasn’t drawn to this story. It lacked the vigour of the other books and maybe it was because they were constrained by the limitations of the stage play, or Rowling didn’t have as big a hand in the crafting of the story. But I felt this book leaned towards carefully edited fan fiction.
I was disappointed in the story. However, I am looking forward to the play, and hope it will change my mind.