Review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling, and John Tiffany

Posted: November 13, 2018 in fantasy, play, Review
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The official playscript of the original West End production of HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD.

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 received 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.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition): The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production

Jack Thorne and based on an original new story by Thorne, J. K. Rowling, and John Tiffany

Little & Brown

Supplied by Hatchette New Zealand

Reviewed by Jacqui Smith

First things first. It is indeed a brand-new Harry Potter story, but it is a play and not a novel. I hadn’t actually read a play for years, and I have to admit that I found the format a bit jarring at first. It also wasn’t written by J.K. Rowling, although the underlying story is hers. These factors combine to make the resulting book much more tightly written than any of the later novels in the Harry Potter series, and in my opinion that’s an improvement. I’ve been saying for a while that the first Harry Potter books, written before J.K. got too big for her editor, were considerably better than the later ones.

The story is set primarily in the present day, with the central characters being Harry’s second son, Albus Potter; and Draco Malfoy’s son, Scorpius. The boys are talked into stealing a time-turner and returning into the past to prevent the death of Cedric Diggory in the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Predictably, when meddling with time, it all goes horribly wrong. And it has to be fixed… with a clever little twist.

There are definitely shades of Back to the Future here, with perhaps a dose of Dr Who. It doesn’t add much that is new to the wizarding world, except for fleshing out the characters of some of the offspring of characters in the earlier novels. Scorpius Malfoy, in particular, turns out to be a strong character and a surprisingly likeable person.

If you don’t like time travel books, you won’t like this one, and I’d definitely not recommend it to someone who was not familiar with the other stories; especially Goblet of Fire. But if you are a Potter fan, you’ll certainly want to read it, and most probably you’ll enjoy it. I did, and I confess I’m curious about the play. It must be truly spectacular.

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