“My geekness is a-quivering.”
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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.
I’ve been a huge Harry Potter fan from the age of 5 when I first read the Philosopher’s Stone. I grew up from then on re-reading the series at least bi-annually and eagerly awaiting the movies to come. So when I heard about the ‘Cursed Child’ I was ecstatic! I mean a continuation to Harry Potter was what I had been waiting for ever since I’d finished the Deathly Hallows for the first time.
As time went on the suspense kept building up until finally the first showing of the actual play happened and despite the fact I was hesitant about reading a script when the physical copy was released I was still as excited as ever. Unfortunately my friend spoiled something for me (which in the end was an entirely inaccurate spoiler) and my excitement waned a bit because for the first time I thought – what if it didn’t actually live up to all the expectations I had placed on this one book. And in the worst case scenario what if I hated the book the completely?
However, to my delight that didn’t happen at all! I went to a Harry Potter release party in Waterstones – my first midnight release! As soon as I got my hands on the book at midnight I started reading and by 2am I’d already gotten onto the second part. Seriously, despite the fact that this book was certainly not what I was expecting it was completely and undeniably phenomenal.
Albus was such a refreshingly different character from anyone else in the Harry Potter series – and his relationship with Scorpius was so beautifully portrayed and healthy and honestly just something I hadn’t realised I needed in my life.
The script was so amazingly rich and magical – it held true to the Harry Potter universe while simultaneously introducing and expanding on a universe that so many of us had become so familiar with. I’m so happy with this addition to the Harry Potter universe and honestly can’t wait for more!