The Cursed child is a screen play based around the story of Albus Potter and his transition into Hogwarts. He must live up to the legacy his father has left behind after the battle of Hogwarts and the expectations he faces because of this. Harry himself must deal with troubles from the past that keep turning up, no matter how hard he tries to ignore them.
I had quite mixed expectations about The Cursed Child, as I knew it was going to be a play and so not like the previous books but also the fact it was another ‘Harry Potter’ book made me really excited to delve into Rowling’s world again. As a play it was entertaining and gripping but it would probably be more interesting to actually see it on the stage. It conveyed how living up to someone else’s image takes a large toll on someone and how this may affect relationships within the family. Despite some of the events within the book being unrealistic, I think the theme of family was portrayed very well as it showed how not every family is perfect. Also the relationship between Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy was a huge theme throughout the play and it helped to show how friendships are important and that assumptions of people are not always correct.
However, as a Harry Potter book I was a little disappointed. Some of the concepts of the play didn’t really fit in with the books and so I didn’t feel it was true to the wizarding world. Being a play it missed out a lot of detail from the plot that I felt was needed to truly understand Albus’ character and the motives of his story. Despite it being enjoyable I think that it wasn’t as good as the previous books. It would probably be much better to watch the play itself as purely reading it, it doesn’t put across the dramatic and intense scenes due to the lack of descriptions. Despite this there were still memorable moments and the plot was still enjoyable.
No. of pages – 352
Publication date -31st July, 2016
Rating – 3/5 stars
Genre – Adventure, fantasy
Quote – “In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”