Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

UnknownBy J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne.

The Short Take:

This play isn’t up to Rowling’s Potter novels by any means, but still holds some interest. It’s a bit disturbing to find familiar characters behaving in ways that seem wrong. Ultimately, the whole thing just didn’t jell. Still, sub par Harry is better than none.

Why?

Of course, this is the script for a play, so you’re missing out on the descriptions of places, emotions, and other important aspects except for the broadest strokes.  On stage, you would gain so much more from the performances, sets, and effects. Still, it had an outrageous number of scenes, most of which were exceptionally short, so the whole thing felt a bit choppy.

There were some interesting nuggets of information about the wizarding world of Harry Potter — new facts that fit into the original seven book saga. If you love Harry, it’s worth the short time investment to read this play. But, who else would be interested anyway, right? However, you might be better served by waiting till you can see the play, which could be quite awhile.

A Little Plot:

Harry and his teen son, Albus, aren’t getting along so well. Albus, who is in Slytherin (?), is best friends with Scorpius Malfoy, son of Draco. Neither of them fit in, especially Albus who can not bear the burden of his father’s fame.

The whole thing is about problems between fathers and sons, including two other parent-child relationships I’m not going to get into.

 

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