Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

hp-and-the-cursed-childHarry Potter and company are back and it has made me all kinds of happy. I cannot begin to describe the feeling I experienced when after nine long Harry Potter-less years I found myself at a bookshop waiting to purchase the latest instalment of Potter adventures – even if he wasn’t the main protagonist anymore. Lets just say it took me back to when I was a little girl eagerly awaiting the next trip to England or the next visitor to be able to once again delve into the magical world that J.K. Rowling had gently crafted with her words.

Sure, J.K. Rowling is not the author of this play but she was involved creatively and the plot takes place in the places and contexts that she built. To be honest, I don’t think I would ever be able to write a single mean word about anything related to Harry Potter or J.K. Rowling. I have heard some people were disappointed with the script for the London play. I, however, always try to look at new and different projects from a positive perspective. In this case, as I normally do when watching films or series based on books that I have read, I chose to read it as if it was the first. I have to admit it was strange to read a Harry Potter adventure that was not a novel – I have never read a play before, so it was a completely new experience for me. I tried to push away all thoughts of the “traditional” Harry Potter material and it made the read so much more enjoyable.

Thanks to the script being published as a book, I was able to rekindle my relationship with many of my favourite literary characters of all time – those who survived and those who sacrificed themselves. I was able to travel back to all those places stored away forever in my imagination and I felt like I was reuniting with friends that I hadn’t seen or heard from in a while. The sentiment of nostalgia was undeniable. Even though the story, the places and the people seemed familiar, I noticed that, just as I have, they had also changed with the years. Those characters we were already familiar with have moved on, become mature and taken on new responsibilities.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” explores what would have become of the world if the efforts of Harry and the Order of the Phoenix hadn’t been successful all those years ago. What kind of a world would they all be living in if good hadn’t triumphed over evil? What if Harry hadn’t managed to defeat Voldermort? Harry’s son, Albus, feels like he lives under his father’s shadow and what people expect of him has become too much for him. His relationship with Harry has turned sour. With the appearance of an old character who stirs up feelings of regret over an event of the past and the discovery of a time-turner, a series of events are set in motion and the present and future of the wizarding world are changed. Will Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy be able to make right what they messed up?

All in all I found “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” an enjoyable read. I am not going to be rating this book because I don’t think it would be impartial. It stirred up all of those feelings that reading Harry Potter used to give me and therefore I would not be able to say anything negative about it. I was able to travel those wonderful places, meet all those extraordinary characters and revisit the topic of the fight between good and evil. I think it was a fresh idea to go back and change one particular event to show how it would have changed the course of the history of the wizarding world and to show what happens when evil wins. Above it was nice to know that after all this time, Harry Potter was still there, waiting for us with open arms. Always.

 

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