First of all, I need you to know that I’m a huge Potterhead. I’ve read the books multiple times, I know every sentence of the films by heart and I’ve visited the Warner Bros Studio Tour in London. The only thing left on my bucket list is going to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando. That being said, I can continue with my opinion on the newest book (which is not a novel, but a script): Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Potter and Malfoy Junior: bromance on a quest
In short: I loved it. The world J.K. Rowling created is so wonderful and it felt great to be back there. The story starts where the last book ended. 19 years later, at platform 9¾, when Harry, Ginny, Hermione and Ron drop off their kids at the Hogwarts Express.
From then on, the story focuses on Harry’s youngest son Albus and his friend Scorpius Malfoy. Indeed, Draco’s son. A strange duo at first sight, but they are adorable. Too bad Harry and Draco don’t support the bromance. The two kids feel a bit misunderstood, standing in the shadow of their (in)famous fathers. They decide to go on a quest, which comes with impressive flashbacks and flooding emotions.
We were introduced to new interesting characters but the old, such as Snape and Dumbledore, were there too. One heartbreaking scene was the one where Harry asks the painting of Dumbledore for help to get along with his son. Dumbledore’s answer made clear that paintings are not the real person and gave me goosebumps: “Ah, really, what does my opinion matter anymore? I am paint and memory, Harry, paint and memory.”
“Y is Harry such a terrible dad????”
There’s a lot of fuss going on about the book. People feel like Harry is being portrayed as a bad dad and they don’t like it. To be fair: he is not terrible at parenting but he is struggling a bit. But isn’t that a normal thing? Even dads who did have an example of a good parents struggle with it. He’ll get there soon enough.
Also, people are complaining because there are so few descriptions of people and places. You were warned, people: it’s not a novel. Playwrights don’t describe everything in a script. If you don’t have enough imagination yourself but really want to get the true feeling of the story, you should go watch the play.
One last thing I’ve seen circulating on the internet is that the plot lacks depth. Again: it’s a play. Plays are meant for the general public, including kids and people that have never touched a book in their entire lives. I didn’t expect the story to be any more complex, it is perfect as it is. And luckily I’m not the only one with that opinion. The real fans love it, because it’s the story and the wonderful magical world that count, not the form it’s in. Whether it’s a novel or a play, Harry Potter rocks and J.K. Rowling is a genius.
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