Book Talk 4/5/19 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two Playscript based on a story by J.K. Rowling by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne. Pottermore Publishing July 25, 2017.
Amazon’s Blurb: The official playscript of the original West End production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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.
The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a ‘special rehearsal edition’ alongside the opening of Jack Thorne’s play in London’s West End in summer 2016. Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatregoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller.
This definitive and final playscript updates the ‘special rehearsal edition’ with the conclusive and final dialogue from the play, which has subtly changed since its rehearsals, as well as a conversation piece between director John Tiffany and writer Jack Thorne, who share stories and insights about reading playscripts. This edition also includes useful background information including the Potter family tree and a timeline of events from the Wizarding World prior to the beginning of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
My Review: I have mixed feelings about this play. On the one hand, I enjoyed it. On the other, there were some plot stretches that seemed a bit much. I don’t want to spoil too much but what bugged me the most was a supposed match that resulted in a pregnancy many years in the past. It just didn’t seem plausible according to what was going on in the timeline of the books and movies, imo. The book takes place when Harry is about 37, raising a family of three, married to Ginny Weasley. When the father of Cedric Diggory comes to Harry who is now head of the Ministry of Magic, Harry’s younger son, Albus, doesn’t understand why Harry refuses to use one of the Time-Turners to go back in time and save Cedric from death. When Albus teams up with Scorpio Malfoy to do just that, all hell breaks loose.