Just finished the play this morning! I had mixed feelings about it all the way through, but the ending made it all worthwhile. I’ll give it a 7/10.
(A shorter review here: http://literaryqueen20.tumblr.com/post/148366764408/harry-potter-and-the-cursed-child)
The Main Review: (contains minor spoilers)
The play focuses on Albus Severus Potter and how he feels about being Harry Potters son. He gets sorted into Slytherin, becomes friends with Scorpius Malfoy (who’s a really sweet kid!) and becomes kind of angsty. I loved reading about him, but I wish we got more info about the other kids, like James, Lily, Hugo…etc. Teddy Lupin wasn’t mentioned at all, which was rather disappointing. Another major aspect of the play was time travel. I won’t give away too much, but it was fascinating and confusing at the same time. Some of the things that happened in alternate timelines seemed ridiculous and highly u uncharacteristic. It was like reading bad fanfiction.
When I first started reading this, I was thrown off a bit by the tone and the stiffness with which certain characters spoke. It seemed unnatural, but I kept in mind that a play script reads very differently than a book. Also, we’re seeing Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny…etc, twenty years later, so of course they’ve changed a bit. Speaking of that, Draco Malfoy is actually civil! My favorite thing about this play is that Draco actually interacted with everyone in a mature way and managed to become a kinder person. There was even some light banter between him and the trio, which was surprising .
Despite the negative points, it was an entertaining story! It was a lot of fun to enter the wizarding world again. It’s not what a lot of fans were hoping for (me included) but there was enough in it to satisfy me. I’m actually hoping for a sequel.
Has anyone else finished it? Thoughts?