Okay, I am going to try really hard not to spend this entire post ranting about how Amazon, yet again, failed to deliver a pre-order when promised, and I had to buy the Kindle version for an additional £10. I mean, I had to buy it. There was no way I was making it until Tuesday or Wednesday, or whenever Amazon decide to deliver the book, without hearing spoilers. It’s Harry Potter for god’s sake.
OK, mini-rant over.
From the blurb:
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
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.
So it’s the future, well actually it’s now. Apparently the first few books were set in the early-to-mid-nineties. Which makes sense, considering the first book came out in 1997.
I’m going to give a brief synopsis without spoilers; any information I do provide will be from the beginning of the play.
Harry & Ginny are grown up with careers (Harry is Head of Magical Law Enforcement and Ginny edits the Daily Prophet sports pages) and three children, James, Albus Severus, and Lily.
James is really popular, a good student, and really easy going. Lily seems to be very similar. Albus, the middle child, has a hard time fitting in. He and his dad clash all the time. It seems that Albus is destined to be the black sheep of the Potter family, especially when the Sorting Hat places him in House Slytherin and he becomes best friends with Scorpius Malfoy, the son of his father’s school nemesis.
Hermione and Ron have two children, Rose and, I think the son is called Hugo? You don’t see much of the son. Hermione is now minister for magic.
The story starts the first year that Albus, Rose and Scorpius start Hogwarts. Rose is keen to make a good impression, and is really not happy when her cousin becomes friends with the son of the notorious Draco Malfoy. There are rumours that Draco used a time-turner, and that Scorpius is actually the son of Lord Voldemort.
Amos Diggery comes to visit Harry to see if it’s true that the Ministry has a time-turner, and ask him to go back and save Cedric at the Tri-Wizard Tournament. Harry denies that the time-turner exists. Albus overhears him, and finds out that there is a time turner. Albus enlists the help of Scorpius to go back in time to save Cedric, but he doesn’t realise that changing the past even in the smallest way can have direst consequences.
First of all, can I just say how much I love Scorpius. As in I love him. I want to adopt him. He is so cute, and funny, and a bit self-deprecating like young Ron Weasley with a more sarcastic sense of humour. Actually maybe a mix of Ron & Hermione. Favourite quote: “Wow. Squeak. My geekness is a-quivering”.
Albus Serverus Potter is absolutely channelling Harry; he’s angry, he’s emotional, he says the wrong thing… I mean, how does he not see that he is exactly like his father?
Rose Granger-Weasley is a bit of a bitch. Sorry, has to be said.
Harry is still very Harry like – moody, hot tempered, overly protective of the ones he loves. It’s good to have some consistency.
There is one character who you know, almost as soon as they appear, might as well be wearing a red shirt. Also, when that person does inevitably get despatched to the Great Hall in the sky, the announcement and tribute are rather lacking. And vague. And sort of condescending. But we don’t get to know them, so to be honest I don’t really care. Sorry.
When the villain of the piece shows up, you know who it is. I had them sussed pretty much straight away, but of course there had to be a big reveal.
Overall the play is a bit “Back to the Future 2” but I still loved it. It was enjoyable, true to the spirit of the original stories and characters, and just filled me with nostalgia.
I would love to see how they do all the magicky things on stage.
Let me know if you’ve read it, or will be seeing the play in the comments below! Does Harry Potter and the Cursed Child live up to the hype in your opinion?
I love how everywhere has been getting into the spirit and decorating with Harry Potter themed stuff, by the way.