This review contains tiny spoilers from the book.
As someone who has had Harry Potter in her mind, heart, and soul from the very beginning I was excited to hear that the Wizarding world and the magic of its creator Joanne Rowling is coming back. At first, it was with the upcoming film Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them and then the theater play, the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Mind you, I was very sceptical about the play, still not less excited. Then came the casting and finally the news about the book. Now, what you need to bear in mind is the fact that this is not the 8th book and nor is this just a Joanne Rowlings book.
This little fact is something you can really feel throughout the whole story. Apart from our very owned, the Cursed Child is also work of a director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne. Both artists worked together numerous times before in the prestigious West End.
The reviews I have read so far were mostly written for the 8th book, but I think many of those did not bear in mind an important detail, this is not a book, it’s a play.
As a play, it was developed by theater director and writer for the very purpose of a stage. As such it also thought of the new actors and the changes in them. And I am unfortunately not able to see this play, which is a shame, Sonia Friedman production is after all legendary.
But let’s get to the story, at last I know, the book pretty much find us at the moment the Deathly Hallows left us, we meet Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, two main protagonists of the whole play. Developing characters is a treat of Joanne Rowling I enjoy through all her work, and she is doing it again, especially Scorpius is a bundle of joy I wish I had more of.
The characters from the books we so much love, now those have changed towards the new actors. But is also reminds us that people do change over time and that Harry Potter, the saviour of the Wizarding world, is still carrying guilt on his shoulder, Hermione Granger is still the brightest if not bossiest which around, that Minerva McGonagall is very tired and not to be crossed witch and of course, that Draco Malfoy is still ever so unfortunate in his life.
The story itself, of course captivates you, after all, it is taking you back to Hogwarts, back to the magical world and possibly to our childhoods. But as good Potter story, it needs a good plot and good darkness. And even so, there is a lot of darkness and revelations there is not enough tension to be built over the pages of the book, something I think will work perfectly on stage.
I realise this review is somewhere between and not all telling. So let me put it this way. I was happy to buy another Harry Potter related book and I was excited to read it. But, I would be much happier to see the said play in London or it’s filmed version. Because the play can never have the same impact as a full book, and vice versa. I hope this helps. For the sheer joy of Scorpius Malfoy and the one fan fiction goal so many fans had over years, you should read it.