I gotto admit. I cried a little. Yesterday when i held the book in my hands and the proceeded to read it in the bus trip home, i cried a little. And laughed, and worried and loved and cared. I did all that just because I had a new Harry Potter book in my hands, after years of believing that we’d never have another Harry Potter book, ever again.
But before I discuss what I felt about the book, something very important. I began reading other reviews as usual, and i found quotes like,
But as a mere script, where everything besides dialogue is written as bland stage commands (“Albus is sleeping in a pew. Ginny is watching him carefully. Harry is looking out the opposite window”), it feels nothing like the detailed-filled paragraphs of the Rowling we love. It’s more like sneaking a peek at her unfinished notes or finding a fetching piece of fan fiction. The magic is stunted.
THE WASHINGTON POST
To be perfectly honest, it took me some time to adjust myself to the script. JK Rowling’s effortless flow of prose was missing and so was the imagery that goes with it. But as i proceeded in the book, what happened was, I was too engrossed in the plot to even think about those things. And the imagery, just was there. I could visualise it all.
And as intelligent as JK Rowling is, I think this, is what she counted on. The book, her fans and their level of acceptance to whatever format she would put out a Harry POtter story in. Also we have read the books so many times over the over the years, when in the script she says, “Album lay in Ginny’s arms, Harry looked at Ginny.” I think we can all visualise the exact location where they sat, the exact look that passed and all the emotions that were felt.
So this comparing the script to the books review, I majorly disagree with. Do not underestimate the fandom’s ability to connect with JK Rowling’s words.
“The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.”
This is where we left the last Harry Potter book. But all is not well in this new world.
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.
The Cursed Child is less about actually rewriting the past and more about how that past affects the future. It examines the bond of father and son, and what makes that bond more than perfunctory. What kind of expectations did Harry saddle poor Albus Severus Potter with by giving him those three names?
It would be impossible to come up with a villain as cruel, malevolent, and outright fascinating as Lord Voldemort for the Cursed Child heroes to battle, so it’s almost poetic that Albus’s biggest enemy instead is his father. Thorne’s Harry Potter, all grown up, features prominently in the play, and the tension between him and his son is one of the most frustrating plot points, born out of dramatic necessity and riddled with cliché and angsty platitudes.
“I didn’t choose, you know that?” Albus glowers in one scene. “I didn’t choose to be his son.” Later, Harry echoes the sentiment, saying, “Well, there are times I wish you weren’t …” Although he immediately apologizes, why he feels this way is never really made clear; readers are left to intuit simply that the relationship is a troubled one.
The best parts are seeing friendships and alliances reconfigure in a new generation. Seeing how these children, Albus and Scorpious, James, Rose and even Lily are both like their parents and also not. They have these distinct characters which are fascinating, and the relationship between Albus and Scorpius is the highlight of the book. JK Rowling’s portrayal of friendship and understanding of love is something truly unique and that shines through in the new book itself.
It really, is all about love. Harry’s love for Albus, Ginny’s care for both of them. Love, friendship, family, at the core of it all and all the misunderstandings and disfunctions that go along with all these wonderful emotions. If i have to explain the book in one line, that is what it will be.
There are moments of pure joy in the book, for us Harry Potter nerds. Hermione and Ron bickering, Harry and Ginny, and ofcourse the amazing amazing interchange between Harry and Draco. It really is beautiful to see how master a manipulator JK Rowling really is. How she has turned some characters right around and just how much depth of emotion has gone into actually doing it.
I wont discuss the plot here, just trust JK Rowling’s sheer genuis, because she deliveres in spades. Just go get the book, go back to the time you just closed the Deathly Hallows and begin reading the Cursed Child. I promise it is a thrilling ride and a beautiful story. So true to its heart.
Keep an eye out for Scorpious Malfoy though, he’s fantastic, so is Professor McGonagall.
One last thing though : There’s Snape in the book! Go figure!