Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

I’m late to the party even though I’ve already read the latest Harry Potter (play) some weeks ago. I just couldn’t be motivated to write a post (at all). But here I am typing a little review about the latest thing that’s on the market of the series that is basically my childhood and the hardest thing about that will actually be to give you an idea about the plot, but not to give away the things that are happening, because a play is – compared to a book – rather short and has a very compact storyline. So, let me think a few minutes how I’ll put it … (tick tock, tick tock) … done.


The story sets off where we actually left it in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry and Ginny are bringing their children James and Albus Severus to the train station as they leave for Hogwarts – Albus for the very first time. And while James seems to be quite the well-behaved child (sort of), you can be sure that Hogwarts awaits Albus with a lot of trouble during his time at Hogwarts – some of it endangering the whole wizarding world.


I am afraid that this plot summary might already give away too much of the play, but I don’t think that there’s a way to make it any shorter. So, what did I think? (Which is actually the even harder thing to describe without giving away too much, but I’m always up for a challenge.) Well, I kinda liked and disliked how the play began, because there’s a great thing happening but at the same time it makes you wonder if this is the story about a petulant child that can’t handle well that his father is “the chosen one”. But, it becomes clear quickly, that this is needed, so that the story will develop the way it did.

There are a lot twists and turns and some of them I didn’t see coming to be honest. I liked that some people had appearances that I didn’t expect, but I also didn’t like what I learnt about some of them, about their personality. I love Scorpius, Hermione and Ron, which is important to add.

With the storyline in your head, I don’t think one could have made more out of this play than it is. Yes, I agree with some of the reviews that it might be a little fanfiction-like. But that’s okay. What do you expect from a play compared to your usual hundreds of pages Harry Potter novels. So, what is my opinion about this? It’s good. It wasn’t like what I’m used to from my childhood, obviously, the magic wasn’t as gripping and wonderful and exciting, and if this would have been the first Harry Potter book, there’s a possibility of little Sassy not wishing for the second book. But I gotta add here that I honestly thought things like that about nearly every play I’ve read. Because for a play, you always need a stage and actors to make it work, to make it really exciting, and magical as there can’t be as many feelings shown in a script as in a novel, let alone a human face. And maybe, just maybe, I would’ve loved it if I’ve seen it on a stage. Also, honestly, it’s heartbreaking that I grew up with Harry, Ron, Hermione and Draco and now they’re out of a sudden 20 years older than me.

My recommendation would be: Read it if you want to, but rather watch the play (first) if you can.

Have you seen the play or read it? What did you think? Are you staying away from it? Why?

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