By Carly Guise
Junior Editor in Chief
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
By J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
Published by Scholastic, Inc
Harry Potter is a name that has been etched into the hearts of millions across the world.
The famous fictional wizard is a beloved childhood--and adulthood--staple that is most known for his seven-book long fight against the Dark Lord Voldemort. His story is one that ended happily, or at least that’s what readers were led to believe.
In a new play, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” it’s revealed that the Chosen One is really just like everyone after all. An overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic, Harry struggles to connect with his second son and middle child, Albus.
Albus is defiant and resents his connection to the Boy Who Lived. Students at Hogwarts taunt him for his heritage and make him hate his time at the school.
His only solace is his best friend Scorpius--who happens to be the son of Harry’s enemy, Draco Malfoy. Together, the pair have an adventure that brings to mind the escapades of the trio that consisted of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley.
Fans of the original series have often wondered about their favorite hero and the magical world in which he lives. Although, the creation of the website of Pottermore has helped satisfy some of those thirsts for further knowledge, many still asked for another story.
Perhaps that is why so many have given “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” a bad name. They wanted another book and instead got a script that isn’t even written by their favorite author.
They argue that the classic characters are too different and that the plot is flat. But what these fans fail to recognize is that they are expecting too much from the play. By many of the standards that they have set, it would be nearly impossible for anyone, including Rowling herself, to write exactly what all of them want.
Instead of being disappointed, I decided to keep an open mind, especially about the story being in script form. I usually hate plays, especially of the Shakespearean sort, but I realized that “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is a continuation of a story that I’ve loved for well over half my life and it deserved a chance.
So I read it. And, honestly, I loved it. Don’t get me wrong, it will never be on the same level as the series and I probably won’t be rereading it soon. It’s a quick read and, sure, a little awkward without all of the play’s special effects.
Regardless, it’s a great story. The plot is original and was nothing that I expected before reading it. The trouble that Albus and Scorpius get themselves into is genuinely surprising and somehow completely different than anything Harry had ever done in his youth, and kept me reading until I had finished the entire thing.
I strongly recommend “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” to all avid Potterheads. It’s a new kind of adventure that readers have not experienced before. All they need to do is give it a chance.
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