Could I have been able to go to London and see the production of ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ with the little money I have? No. Could I read the book and still be blown away by God-Queen Rowling? Without a doubt!
After years of no new books, no new movies, and Pottermore, Rowling returns to the Wizarding World to give us a sequel to the world’s most well-known series since ‘Lord of the Rings’. Even though the characters are incredibly well-known, the twists and turns of the play/novel gives the Harry Potter world a new edge.
The story starts off where the epilogue leaves off: Albus Severus Potter boarding the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Right away we realize that Albus is the black sheep of the family, and Albus and Harry’s relationship as father and son starts to drift apart over the years. What I really like about this is that the relationship between Albus Dumbledore (One of Albus’ namesakes) and Harry is also questioned, and there’s a bit of interesting parallels, as well as addressing some key Dumbledore-centric issues that loyal fans have questioned over the years (why Harry was left with the Dursleys in the first place being one of them).
There’s also the question of coping with our past. While Harry certainly understands the consequences of his decisions, there are others who don’t (or refuse to) understand. Obvious conflict there is obvious. As an expansion, it’s not Harry who goes about solving the mystery this time. Instead, it’s Albus, and the reasons why reminded me of ‘The Lion King’.
There’s so many other things I would love to bring up when it comes to this play. In all honesty, I felt like this is not only a sequel to the original series, but also J.K. acknowledging us Potterheads in that wonderful way that Rowling does. And with Thorne and Tiffany by her side, the new “Golden Trio” definitely didn’t do us wrong.