Last Tuesday and Wednesday I was lucky enough to see one of the preview performances of the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in London. I’ve had some people ask me to set a few things straight about the Cursed Child, but I’ve found writing an actual review incredibly difficult without mentioning the plot, which is of course, a big secret.
So without further ado, I present my work around. I’m going to answer some Cursed Child questions you may have, so let’s get started!
Update: I couldn’t do this without some minor plot spoilers. If you would prefer to know nothing, then I would recommend NOT reading any further, but if you don’t mind knowing which characters will be involved, and what the starting plot is, then read on.
Is this a new Harry Potter book?
(If you asked this, I can’t believe you didn’t know) It’s a play, and the book, which will be released on July 31st (Harry’s B-Day!) will be a script of the play. Like when you read Shakespeare- but not as complicated.
Who is this play about?
You probably all know this by now as well, but the play is about Albus Potter, the second child of Harry and Ginny Potter. It follows his unlikely but unwavering friendship to Scorpius Malfoy, whom he meets in his first journey to Hogwarts. The second half of the play has much more time dedicated to Harry, and delves further into the Draco/Harry relationship then ever before, as the pair have to figure out what kind of parents they want to be.
So who is the Cursed Child?
Um…. I’m not too sure. It could be Albus, it could be Scorpius and it could even be another character that will go unnamed. I actually don’t know who Rowling intended the Cursed Child to be, perhaps it’s all of them or maybe it’s supposed to be a bit of a mystery.
Ron. And Draco. Together.
but Scorpius is an actual cutie, I love him so much!
Is the plot that leaked the real plot?
Yes. Albus is 100% the emo Kylo Ren of this story- BUT don’t despair- the humour, the characters and the staging more then made up for the time turner AU storyline.
So, did you like it?
Yes, I really did! The acting, the performance and the magic was amazing- as well as the atmosphere in the theatre- the people around me literally clapped when they told everyone to turn off their phones. The whole thing was a marvel to watch and experience, and I loved the community aspect- because we had to go to two parts of the play you got to know your neighbours, mine were two women who had come from Chicago to see the play! (well, also to see London, but you know, priorities)
What will the book be like?
Unfortunately I honestly don’t think it will be as good as the play. The staging and the music and the acting and the MAGIC just made it brilliant, the storyline was the weakest part of this whole thing for me. I’ve read a lot of fanfiction, so maybe my vision of characters has been warped, but at the same time I just couldn’t see certain characters acting how they acted (though I suppose if anyone should know how they would act it would be JK Rowling).
Doing a sequel to Harry Potter was ALWAYS going to be difficult. People are always going to be disappointed. Some people would have preferred Rowling left the canon storyline where it was. I thought this was a nice edition, but I’m not taking it on as law and absolute canon. I can see why Rowling never wanted it to be published as a play- I don’t think it will work in script format that well.
Since the last book came out all those years ago we have all been able to imagine futures for our favourite characters without the restrictions of more books coming out and telling us what they are actually doing, and I think this sequel is difficult because it reveals to you that those characters you love aren’t always perfect. It’s like growing up and realising your parents aren’t perfect, it’s jarring and shocking.
Now I feel like I’m being harsh, I really did enjoy the play and I would definitely recommend that EVERYONE go to see it! But, and I know this sucks for everyone not in England, I don’t think the book will be 5 star material.
I’m giving Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 4.5/5 ice creams, for the play because of how amazing the staging and the whole experience was. I won’t pass judgement on the book until it is released, but I’m giving the storyline a 3.5/5 stars.
I hope everyone really enjoys the Cursed Child, I’m going to a midnight release in Vancouver, where I’ll be on holiday, which is exciting! I love that the release of this book has brought out so much love for Harry Potter, it’s been an exciting Potter year, and I’m looking forward to the rest of it.