I waited so long to read this book due to the horrible reviews I kept seeking. Also because it’s written in play format, which is definitely not my favourite way to read anything.
My parents presented my with this Special Rehearsal Edition Script for my birthday because they know how I love the Harry Potter series. It just took me a year to actually read it, all because of a buddy read.
The tale begins with the Epilogue of the Harry Potter series, 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts.
It introduces us to Albus Severus Potter and his best friend Scorpius Malfoy. Both are sorted into Slytherin and both are ostracised for it.
It’s hard to live up to the hype of your parents. Especially when faced with the horror that is boarding school.
Harry these past years has risen to Department Head in the ministry. This, and the fact that he is the Saviour, bring much stress to the Potter family. Albus is misunderstood by Harry, and though attempts are made, a rift begins to form within the family.
Years 1-3 past quickly, showing us a glimpse of how life at Hogwarts is for Abu’s and Scorpius.
The summer before year 4 begins, and Albus and Harry have a fight where unfortunate words are said.
On the Hogwarts Express, Albus and Scorpius hatch a mad-cap plan to change everything. A plan designed to fix the past in order to make a better future.
This plan starts a chain reaction that threatens the lives of all.
As past and the present fuse ominously, father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Beware, ranting ahead…
This book had a lot of issues for me.
First, it was written in script form rather than being a novel.
Then we never found out who the Cursed Child is. Was it Albus? Scorpius? Someone else?
Third, the characters were pretty out-of-character as far as canon goes. And some were just hard to like.
- Harry was kinda an ass, and a horrible father. This could be explained by stress and being overworked, but there was no reason for some of his accusations and yelling (although book 5 does support his lack of emotional control).
- Ginny was almost not needed for any of the story. She was such a background character, forced into the light. It was obvious that the character traits were taken from the movies and not the books.
- Ron was seen as a complete joke. He was comic relief. Which branches from the movies rather than the books. Ron in the books was a valiant and loyal friend, while the movies gave Hermione the best lines and left Ron for the sad jokes.
- Hermione was just as I’d imagine her to be. There to make sure everyone stayed on point. And Minister Of Magic. That I could have done without, she has no business being Minister, but whatever.
- Draco seems the most in character to me. He grew up in the books, and that continued here. He had some good lines and was there to makes sure Harry didn’t get a big head.
As for the new characters:
- Albus was annoying. I get that he is 14, but enough is enough. So much angst! Again, referring to the Order of the Phoenix, angst is not uncommon in our plucky heroes.
- Scorpius was a sweet cinnamon roll. He had the best sassy lines and was so fun to read. He tried to keep Albus from acting on too many crazy ideas and was a sort of “voice of wisdom” for the story
- Rose was a jerk and seemed a bit full of herself. Honestly, we just didn’t have too much screen time with her to get much more of an opinion.
I had problems with this one. To me it is not a good continuation of the Harry Potter universe. Honestly, I’ve read fanfiction with better continuity and writing.
I am glad that I read this tale. There were some magnificent parts that had me laughing. But there were also the characters that, to me, were not executed properly. Also the story had everything miraculously tied in a sweet little bow, and everyone skipping into the sunset happily in the end. I found this a bit contrived and very unlikely, even with the excuse of magic.
I probably wouldn’t reread this play, or even see it acted out. It’ll probably gather dust on my bookshelf, read once, but not again.