After nine long years without any new literature in the Harry Potter World, a new story has finally been unlocked and released to the hungry public. With the release of the script book for the London play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Harry Potter fans have channeled their inner Fawkes and risen from the ashes (although let’s be real, the Harry Potter fandom never sleeps). Yes I, along with every other die hard Harry Potter fan in the world, picked up a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Harry’s birthday. Though I am a die hard, I had never actually done a midnight release of the book before this year. I was always the type that waited to get it until Sunday but still remained out of commission for the rest of the day, devouring the book. The moment the clock struck midnight and the bookstore speakers played those sweet beginning notes of the Harry Potter theme music, I swelled with Potter Pride and a part of me wished I had done this all along.
True to most Potter fans, I read the newest book in a single day (ok, a single afternoon). I cracked open the book with no expectations. I knew this was not a book written solely by J.K. Rowling herself as the others had been, so I was prepared for it to read differently. The fact that it was in script format was already a big change, but I enjoy reading screenplays so this didn’t faze me in the slightest, as I’m sure it didn’t for most of the fans. We’re all happy enough to have a new story at all.
The first few pages started off a little slowly and cheesy in my opinion. That being said, I quickly got into it after that, and found that slow was the last word that should be used to describe this story. The action was captivating and fluid, creating a storyline that was jam-packed with content but didn’t leave the reader confused or struggling to catch up in the process.
The new characters of Harry’s son Albus and Draco’s son Scorpius were as well developed as our original dynamic trio by the end of the story. The reader got to see both children go through their own struggles, while still intertwining each character into the overall storyline. Fans of Harry Potter will agree that Harry, Ron and Hermione’s friendship was an unstoppable force in each and every book/movie. Despite any quarrels they went through, the trio always remained close because they understood each other, and valued each friend for their strength as well as their weaknesses. This was the same with Albus and Scorpius. The two boys shared a bond that was rich with appreciation for each other. They could both understand each other’s struggles and knew what needed to be done to help them. The bond shared by underdogs and teenage angst is a strong bond indeed.
As I was reading the story, I tried to keep in mind that this is meant for the stage. Since it is a script, it was written with directional notes not meant for theater-goers to read. Stage notes don’t have to be clever or funny, but in this script, the stage notes are just as enjoyable as the rest of the play. I won’t spoil any of them, but I’ll say that my favorites had to do with a certain French cheer squad.
Every time I came across the stage notes, I was left in awe remembering that every battle, every intricate scene change, is being done on a stage. No CGI, just props and people. My hats go off to the director/stage production of the play in London, because this is a feat fit for an army.
This new adventure comes nine years later, and turning the last page of the book is still bitter-sweet. Every time a fan closes a book, it feels as though they’re saying goodbye to their friends. Well, with the soon to be released movie adaptation of Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them, it’s not goodbye: it’s see you later.