Sunday, January 8, 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne

  • THE BOOK
    • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by Jack Thorne
      • Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
    • Published July 31, 2016
    • Follows the chronology of the seven Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling

  • THE PREMISE
    • This is the working script of a play staged in London beginning in June 2016.
    • Harry Potter's youngest son Albus is starting at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 19 years after the conclusion of the first 7 books.
    • Albus gets sorted into Slytherin and befriends Scorpius Malfoy, a lonely boy whose mother has recently died and whom people think is Voldemort's son, not Draco's.
    • The boys each have issues with their fathers and hatch a plan to change the past and save Cedric Diggory from death. They decide that saving Cedric will make everything right for everyone.
    • Things go very, very wrong.

  • MY THOUGHTS
    • It took almost 5 months to get this book from the library!
    • I believe the 7-book Harry Potter series ended perfectly with no loose ends. I was satisfied when it ended so I was leery about a new story.
    • But I enjoyed the story immensely and it added layers to the main characters we know and love from the original books.
      • Several secondary characters are missing from the story though. It doesn't hurt --- there are so many things going on already --- but I missed George and the rest of the Weasleys, Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood!
    • I always thought Harry was short-sighted to rebuff Draco in the first book. 
      • Harry was not perfect and this is an early instance where he shows that.
      • The story had to go that way but it seemed there were more than a few hints throughout the books that Draco was not the bad guy he was made out to be. 
      • It was good to see them work together for the good of their sons in the play.
    • It was fun trying to imagine how they created some of the scenes on stage. I imagine it will be a while until this play comes to the United States and then even longer before it tours the country. I doubt a movie will be made unless J.K. Rowling decides there should be one.
    • Shoot, now I want to re-read the Harry Potter novels again!
    • Recommended for Harry Potter fans.

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