Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: One too many books?

Tamara Saade
Staff Writer

  To celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday, on July 31, author J.K Rowling, alongside John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, released the script of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”. With more than 680, 000 copies sold over the two first days in England and over 2 million copies sold within three days after the release, the script has topped E.L James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” in terms of record sales.


  In the last novel of the Harry Potter series “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, readers left Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Ginny as parents sending off their children to Hogwarts. Real Potterheads couldn’t help shedding a tear, especially when watching the movie and seeing these favorite characters all grown up with the mythical soundtrack fading away in the background. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which is the script of the play that goes by the same name, starts off with this same scene. The play will then take the reader back to Hogwarts, to the dark arts classes and the adventures of the inseparable trio.


  Truly dedicated fans will read the book in a matter of hours. Just like any of Rowling’s previous tomes, the writing style is fluid and accessible to all. Throughout the two acts, readers will follow Harry and Ginny’s sons as well as Ron and Hermione’s kids, and Draco’s son, as they learn to deal with their parents’ fame, but also with the fear of the return of He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.


  Reading the story as a script may be a bit deceiving for pure blood Potterheads, for the simple reason that dialogues and a few sentences of description are not enough. Rowling indeed did warn her fans that the book would simply be the script of the play, and not a continuity to the novels.


  The play does include all the elements to make a perfect Harry Potter recipe, but the plot itself is slightly twisted for no particular reason. By trying to pick off where Rowling left the story, the authors tried adding so many layers of magical turns of events and successions of incidents to the point where they left readers wondering how they got there in the first place.


  Rowling, Tiffany, and Thorne wanted to recreate the Harry Potter atmosphere so much that they mainly focused on trying to include as many elements from the book series as possible, without evolving and giving depth from where “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” left off. Instead of creating new adventures, the authors tried to play it safe by revisiting episodes that had already happened in previous books with the new generation of wizards.


  All in all, no matter how good or bad it was, a Harry Potter story remains a Harry Potter story, and simply taking the train from platform 9 ¾ to Hogwarts is enough to bring the reader to tears. Rumors concerning a movie in the making have already started, but in the meantime, for the lucky Londoners out there, the play can be viewed at the Palace theater. And for all other muggles, enjoy the script with a good cup of butterbeer.

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