The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

This play script in the form of a hardback book is a continuation of my favorite series of all time. Though it centers around Harry Potter’s son, Albus Severus Potter, Harry is still in the spotlight for much of the story. Since the book only came out a few days ago, I dont want to give too many spoilers, but I will say beloved characters are brought back (though sometimes they don’t talk the same as they used to.) And a few aspects are just downright strange…(Anything off the trolley, dears?) Here is a breakdown of the new characters and the old ones we know are in there.

ALBUS SEVERUS POTTER: This kid is very self-centered and likes to complain about things that don’t need complaining about. He reminds me greatly of Harry Potter, especially in the sense that he was my least favorite of the group of friends. On that note….

SCORPIUS MALFOY: I absolutely loved this kid! He was snarky, sarcastic, but not a downer. He was hopeful and optomistic and a loyal, sweet friend. Out of all the new characters I believe he goes through the biggest changes. Though he starts out as a scared, somewhat lonely boy, by the end he is a brave, happy kid who has found his place.

ROSE GRANGER-WEASLEY: We don’t see her that much, but she’s kind of mean, especially to the two boys. Though the story ends before we see how their relationship changes, I like to see Scorpius and Rose as the new Ron and Hermione.

HARRY POTTER: I think they got adult Harry right. I never liked him much in the books, though he was terribly flawed which made him realistic. I still didn’t like him much in this play. (The things he says! What a jerk. At least in Order of the Phoenix he had the ‘sharing a piece of Voldemort’ excuse.)

GINNY POTTER: I loved her in the series and in the play. As an adult she has a cool job, is a great mother, and keeps her jerky husband in check so they don’t lose their son forever.

HERMIONE GRANGER-WEASLEY: She has become Minister of Magic (at least in the normal realm, hehe). I love the many forms of of her we see in this play. Makes sense, because she was my favorite character in the books.

RON WEASLEY: I think they got Ron all wrong in this play! He was a bumbling fool who didn’t even know how to hold a wand, when in book seven he had become this brave, good wizard. It was all wrong and played into the American family thing where the dad is always an idiot.

DRACO MALFOY: It’s easier to sympathize with him in the play, even though he still holds a grudge against Harry Potter. Being a single dad, I can relate to his struggle to keep his son safe and the terror he feels when Scorpius and Albus go missing.
Okay, that’s as much as I can say without giving anything away. Most of the Harry Potter series receive a 4.5 or 5 out of 5 star reviews from me. Though I loved this play script and am dying to see it and read it in two days, I still am only giving it a 4 out of 5. It felt more like fanfiction than a story by J.K. Rowling, mainly because of how wrong some of the characters were.

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