GINNY: all you have to do is walk straight at the wall between platforms nine and ten.
LILY: I'm so excited.
HARRY: Don't stop and don't be scared you'll crash into it, that's very important. Best to do it at a bit of a run if you're nervous.
ALBUS: I'm ready.
The Cursed Child picks up directly after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Following in the shadow of his father, Albus Severus Potter struggles to live up to the pressures of being Harry Potter's son. His older brother, James, doesn't seem bothered and rather thrives in the light of being "The Chosen one's" son. A dangerous adventure ensues as Albus sets out to proves he is just as brave and strong as the Potters before him. The play also follows Harry, Ginny, Ron, and Hermione as they struggle through parenting, while dealing with the past and with their children who, now at Hogwarts, struggle with living life in the shadow of the heroes.
Nearly ten years after the release of the seventh book of the series, fans of J.K. Rowling's magical world finally got a glimpse of what life after Hogwarts has been like for the famous trio. The book, published as a script, is magical, pun intended. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne were able to create a complete picture of the adventures without the details that prose allows.
Scripts, by nature, are limiting. They are created to be seen and performed. For some, reading a play proves more cumbersome than enjoyable. I've spent years reading them-- my degree is built upon it. Plays offer a liberating and unique experience. Literature is interactive, sure, but a script gives the reader even less of the author's direction and leaves more room for the readers imagination to fill in the blanks. It gives guidance not directions.
Somehow, Rowling made this script feel as though every detail were etched by her pen. I think it stems from her immense talent, no doubt, but more so from the fact that she'd established her wizarding world so well. Anyone who knows the world she created understands the characters and the way they act, speak, move and react. Of course the film versions help with this as well.
The dialogue, is as unique as the characters who speak it, which make reading it easy and enjoyable. I could tell immediately which one of them was talking- even the new ones that I'd not yet gotten to know. This is, as it is a script, incredibly crucial to the success of the work. For people who enjoy reading stories in this way it is a joy to dive into.
More than that it's about a community of readers. It's about feeling like home within this story. The Wizarding world is so familiar and welcoming, which is what makes this play so incredible. The first page drew tears to my eyes as I re-opened a door into the lives of my favourite characters- ones I'd grown up with; I honestly cannot remember a time when Harry Potter wasn't a part of my life.
The story is ultimately about choices. It's about being yourself and establishing yourself through the choices that you make. It's about differences and accepting them in yourself and others. Most importantly it's about falling in love with these characters again. It's about a world and an author that never let's us down. Harry Potter is more than just a story. It's almost inexplicable- it's as though by reading this book I was catching up with an old friend I hadn't heard from in a long time.
It's something like magic.
Review by Katrina Walsh
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
By J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne
308pp, Arthur A. Levine Books and Scholastic, $39.99
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