Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world makes it to the stage in ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,’ introduces new characters, plot

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Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’

Mikaela Alvarez, Reporter

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The epic adventures of Harry Potter along with his two best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger still exist within the pages of the series coined by J.K. Rowling and the movies which premiered across the world. The series ended about a decade ago, but just this summer in collaboration with J.K Rowling herself, writer Jack Thorne and director John Tiffany have brought back Hogwarts and the world of magic in “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.” The release is concurrent with the premiere of the play with the same title, but it’s not a novel and not intended to be read as one. Instead, it’s a script in book format, the special rehearsal edition that will later on be edited and released again. After reading the original series over and over again, one usually finds the complexity in plot and emergence in magic always drawing the reader back for more. While still fulfilling that nostalgia, it’s clear that J.K. Rowling did not pen this alone. Caught between   being a story to love and one to hate, “The Cursed Child” uses an new plot that at points confused viewers and readers, rushes character development and uses outrageous and weird scenes, even for the wizard world. However, for most viewers, it excitedly continues a world that will never be forgotten.

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” sits at number four of the Best Selling novels, and overtook the selling record held by “Fifty Shades of Grey,” selling 2 million copies in two days in the US from the initial 4.5 million run. In the UK 680,000 copies had been sold in just 3 days, the best-selling script at this time. It does however fall far behind of the initial sales of “The Deathly Hallows,” where in the UK it sold 2.65 million copies in 24 hours, and 8.3 million in the US.

The actual play of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” can be located at the Palace Theater in London, UK. The initial 175,000 tickets sold out in just 24 hours, and the show has officially sold out until May 2017. The cast comprises of Sam Clemmet, Anthony Boyle and Cherrelle Skeete as Albus Potter, Scorpius Malfoy and Rose Granger-Weasley, respectively. Their parents Harry Potter, Ginny Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy have been cast as Jamie Parker, Poppy Miller, Paul Thornely, Noma Dumezweni and Alex Price. The play has been given outstanding reviews in regards to its performance. The Times ironically compared it to magic happening before the viewers’ eyes.

While the book goes back to the times of Harry Potter and Hogwarts, some are dissatisfied by its execution. Alyssa Rosenberg of the Washington Post had plenty to critique on the new script, believing that the failure of “Cursed Child” can be found in the bad writing, many alternate timelines and clichés.

However, the writing isn’t the true problem because it’s not truly J.K Rowling’s work. Jack Thorne did his best in his own style to create a different world that attempts to parallel the original Harry Potter universe, but it cannot be compared to the predecessors.

While not crafted as brilliant as it could have been, viewers will enjoy being brought to the times of magic and fantastic imagery that they saw in the original Harry Potter series, with a different twist. However, “Cursed Child” doesn’t quite compare to the original series and all its wacky and unbelievable adventures.

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