Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
Posted: Sep 13 2016
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Now unless you live under a rock you must have walked down the street past a Waterstones, WHSmith, etc and seen this posted all over the windows, and for the major Harry Potter fans out there (me included, and to be honest I would appoint myself Harry Potter fan club President if I could) it’s a massive deal! Now I was in the queue for the pre-order months ago, obviously. But for those who weren’t quite as keen as me, hopefully you’ve grabbed yourself a copy and you're ready to dive back into the Wizarding World as they set the scene 19 years on! Eeeek exciting right?
Spoilers ahead obviously so turn away now if you can stop yourself! This book is the two-part West End stage play written by Jack Thorne, and is based on a new story co written with J.K Rowling. The play had its official premiere on the 30th July 2016 and as previously mentioned, is set 19 years after the Deathly Hallows where Harry finally beats Voldemort in the amazing Battle of Hogwarts. It follows our main man Harry Potter as he embarks on a career within the Ministry of Magic, and his youngest son Albus Severus Potter (pictured below).
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic; a husband; and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Now if I was to review this myself (which I always do in my blogs) I would be extremely biased as I am such a big fan already! So being as selfless as possible I have included reviews from various professionals so you don’t just have to take my word for it.
Initial reviews of the original production are highly positive; for instance, the BBC's article was entitled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gets five star reviews.
Publications which awarded Five Star Ratings included; The Independent, The Evening Standard, The Stage and WhatsOnStage.com. The Telegraph also gave five, although "there are some quibbles," while The Guardian's Michael Billington (with guidance from his grandson) awarded Four Stars.
All the actors have been praised for their various portrayals of our best loved characters, Emma Watson even went back stage to praise and gush about her counter part, Noma Dumezwenis' performance on the stage.
However, many agree that it is Anthony Boyle's performance as Scorpius Malfoy (pictured below) that deserves particular acclaim. WhatsOnStage wrote that "Boyle gives a career-making performance," while the Wall Street Journal described him as "the break-out performance." Variety's critic, Matt Trueman, agreed, writing, "it's Boyle who really stands out" and both Trueman and Henry Hitchings, in the Evening Standard, noted that his performance was sure to be a fan favourite.
According to the product descriptions of a number of booksellers, the book of the script has been nominated for the Holden-Crowther Book Award 2016. We hope it wins!
Please let us know what you think of the book, and if you are lucky enough to see the play!