“They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.”
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
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. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
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.
J.K. Rowling, it’s good to have you back!
I seriously missed her sarcastic humor, amazing plots, and loving characters.
Most critics will say that to have this book in play (theater) format is a huge disadvantage. I completely disagree. Yes, there was little to no imagery or thoughts, but this is a obstacle Rowling overcame. She made it possible to tell this entire story through a conversation.This is a reason I admire so much.
The story’s main characters are Albus Severus Potter, Harry and Ginny’s son, and Scorpius Malfoy, Draco and Astoria’s son. This was not a surprise to see that a Potter and a Malfoy would become best friends. Their task is to go back in time 25 years, to the 4th Harry Potter book (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and stop Voldemort from ever killing Cedric Diggory.
At first glance, I thought this was the stupidest thing ever! If you go back and save Cedric, wouldn’t Harry die? Unfortunately this isn’t the case. I will leave it up to you to figure out what actually happens.
If this isn’t enough to deal with, imagine this: Albus gets put in the Slytherin House, Scorpius is rumored to be Voldemort’s son, and Harry’s scar is magically hurting again.
“Harry, there is never a perfect answer in this messy, emotional world. Perfection is beyond the reach of humankind, beyond the reach of magic. In every shining moment of happiness is that drop of poison: the knowledge that pain will come again. Be honest to those you love, show your pain. To suffer is as human as to breathe.”
“We cannot protect the young from harm. Pain must and will come.”
“The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.”
“The world changes and we change with it. I am better off in this world. But the world is not better. And I don’t want that.”
“It’s tough to live with people stuck in the past, isn’t it?”
“Well. Hello. Yeh must be Harry. Hello, Harry Potter. I’m Rubeus Hagrid. And I’m gonna be yer friend whether yeh like it or not. ’Cos yeh’ve had it tough, not that yeh know it yet. An’ yer gonna need friends. Now yeh best come with me, don’t yeh think?”
Where to find Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books
**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.
Happy Reading . . .