Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (special rehearsal edition script)

Nineteen years after Voldemort’s defeat, Harry Potter is living a busy life as a husband, a father of three and an employee of Ministry of Magic. When his youngest son, Albus Severus, first attends Hogwarts, it starts a series of events that threatens to destroy not only Harry’s relationship with Albus but also the whole world as they know it…


Albus’s first year at Hogwarts doesn’t start as he would’ve hoped: he’s burdened by his father reputation, he befriends the son of Draco Malfoy and he’s sorted into Slytherin. Albus and Scorpius both have dark pasts to deal with and they draw strength from each other, quickly turning into inseparable friends. Meanwhile, Albus and Harry drift further away from each other. Neither knows how to talk to each other, so their communication turns from conversations to arguments.

Life gets even more difficult when rumors start circling about a Time-Turner that has survived all these years. Albus accidentally learns about it’s existence and comes up with a plan that would prove his worth to his father. The plan is dangerous and meddling with the past always comes with dire consequences, but Albus manages to convince Scorpius to help.

When Harry’s scars aches for the first time in nineteen years, his worry for his grows even deeper. But is it too late to salvage their relationship and save Albus before a dark cloud swallows him forever?

I must admit I’m not a huge fan of plays. I’ve only ever read one script (mandatory school assignment) and seen a handful of plays, so I don’t have much knowledge about them. That being said, it was surprisingly easy to read The Cursed Child and it drew me in from page one.

The plot was interesting, although there was at least one section that didn’t feel realistic even inside the Wizarding World. Still, the acts pushed the story forward at a good pace and there weren’t any dull moments. Dialogue in particular was amazing and many characters had their distinct ways of talking, so I didn’t usually have to check the name tag to know who’s speaking.

It was fun to learn what had come of Harry, Ron and Hermione, but I also enjoyed the new cast (though I’m still not over the “creative” names). The story involves a lot of themes about friendship and family, so it was good to be able to really feel the bond between Albus and Scorpius.

If there’s one thing lacking, it’s probably magic. This play focuses more on characters and inner conflicts, so there’s not much of that warm, magical fuzziness as was in the main series. There are still funny moments and parts that made me smile, but overall it feels darker. This style wasn’t a problem for me but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re wondering whether to read this or not.

The story refers to the old books quite a bit so I wouldn’t recommend it to someone not familiar with the Potter universe. At the same time it’s quite a different experience from the main series. Being a Potter fan doesn’t automatically make you love this, but you should give it a try.

(Or go see the actual play. I would if I could.)


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