New Fiction Friday: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

9781338099133_p0_v5_s192x300What ever happened to Harry Potter after he left Hogwarts? Or after he finally defeated Voldemort? Of what he would be like as an adult? After J.K. Rowling put the Harry Potter saga to rest in her last book, Potterheads have always wanting more. Just recently, this summer, with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, their wishes came true.  Instead of a book which continues Harry’s story, Cursed Child is actually a script for a play that premiered in London over the summer.  I’ll take it though, this little part of Harry’s adult life is great. I’ve said before that I will read anything that she writes, and this is no exception.  She co-created the story with John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.

Who exactly is the cursed child? Certainly, given the 7 books in the series, it could be Harry himself. It could also be Albus, his youngest son. Harry married Ginny Weasley, and in this story, which is supposed to pick up 18 years after the last book left off, they now have three children. At the beginning of the story, Albus (who is obviously named after Dumbledore) is just starting out at Hogwarts. As Harry’s son, he certainly has big shoes to fill. And that where the story really begins.

Upon entering Hogwarts, Albus makes an unlikely friend. His parents are still really close to Ron and Hermoine, who themselves have a young girl who also attends the school. Their daughter’s name is Rose, and though the familes are close, Albus is drawn to Scorpius, who happens to be Draco’s son. Draco almost makes an appearance, and he and Harry are forced to put aside their difference to help their sons when they get into trouble.

Albus and Scorpius are on a mission, and though Harry now works for the ministry of magic, they still manage to get themselves into trouble.  Albus and Scorpius are looking for a way to change the past, and in a way, change the present.  What’s at stake is time travel, and though the ministry has banned the use of certain time travel magic, they still manage to travel to several different parts of Harry’s past.  Through time travel, a few characters that had been lost in the series make an appearance, which is satisfying for fans. What’s not satisfying is the length of the story – I definitely wanted more.  I would love to see this play, though throughout the story I kept wondering how this would work on stage.

This is just a tiny piece of Harry, but I’m satisfied!!



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