Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne

cursed child***Spoilers***

Whatever you feel about the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows there was a sense that it was a beginning of a story and not an end like we thought.  The play in two parts, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in the continuation of Harry’s story starting right at the epilogue. Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione are taking their children to the Hogwarts Express at the start of a new school year.  Albus Severus Potter, Harry and Ginny’s middle child is full of anxiety over many things but most of all of being the son of Harry Potter.  How can he possible live up to the legend of Harry Potter, who with his friends saved the wizarding world? On the Hogwarts Express, Albus meets another new student who also has to deal with shadow of his parent, Scorpius Malfoy.  Without giving away more spoilers less just say that Albus has Harry stubbornness and his penchant to dive right in without thinking of the consequences.  He and Scorpius travel back and time but they truly didn’t think about all the possible outcomes and well drama unfolds.  We see everyone struggle, from trying to find their place in the world to how to relate to their children.  I was able to understand Albus frustrations but I didn’t like him as I did with Harry. Honestly, the best character in the play of Scorpius.  He was funny, optimistic  and kind. Pretty much the opposite of Draco from the books.  He had Ron’s heart and Hermione’s brain.  He was the perfect friend for Albus.  Harry is older but not necessarily wiser.  Hermione was great as always and Ron was great too.  While it was great to revisit the Wizarding World and Harry I think I’m ready to let go of them.  It was a beautiful story and the ending was heartbreaking.  I really want to see it performed because there are many things that happen that I’m not sure how they do on stage.  Like when a couple of characters take polyjuice potion and change into other characters on stage.  That’s just one example.  I really hope this comes to Broadway or it’s get filmed because I don’t think I’ll be making it to London anytime soon.

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