Synopsis: ‘It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.’
‘Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.’
To prepare for the release of this play, I reread all 7 Harry Potter books. As soon as I finished book 7 I immediately started the play ‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’. So it was while I was basking the happiness of book 7 and all was right with the wizarding world, when suddenly things were not alright anymore. Act one was hard to read. I did not want anything bad to happen. I wanted to keep reading about how wonderful everything was. I had to keep putting the play down because I did not want to read anything distressing. Needless to say Act One was fantastic. Act Two was not as compelling. I still enjoyed reading the ‘eighth book’, but it was different.
Be aware serious Harry Potter fans:
This is a play, not a book.
It was written by Jack Thorne not J. K. Rowling (she endorsed it).
Your favourite characters are now grown ups, with children of their own.
It is very different to what you were used to.
If you keep these differences in mind, this is a great story. I enjoyed meeting new characters, I enjoyed catching up with old ones (even if they were now adults) and I enjoyed the thrill of Hogwarts and the wizarding world.
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