I’ve been a Harry Potter fan since I was merely eight years old and when I first heard that J.K. Rowling was publishing another installment of the Harry Potter series, I honestly was not excited – at all. I was skeptical at first. I didn’t think I wanted to know any more about the Harry Potter story, simply because I believe that the future of some stories should be left to the imagination of the readers. I enjoyed pondering different scenarios and situations the trio – Harry, Ron, and Hermione – would face in their futures. I enjoyed that there wasn’t a solid, concreate ending to Harry’s story. However, as time passed, I slowly by surely began to anxiously await the release date of The Cursed Child.
The story of The Cursed Child is written in script format and follows along Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, and even Draco Malfoy, and all of their respective children as they face the struggles of living in a world post-Voldemort. This story picks up right after the epilogue of The Deathly Hallows and its main focus is on the push-and-pull tension between Harry and his middle child, Albus Severus.
Albus is almost always the odd-one-out and doesn’t fit in at Hogwarts as much as his older brother, James, and definitely not nearly as much as his father once did. Bearing the weight of the Potter legacy is almost too much for Albus – he barely fits in and isn’t living up to others’ expectations of him as one of Harry Potter’s children. As The Cursed Child progresses, readers get the opportunity to see the Harry Potter characters as adults, experience the ways in which they grew and learned as people, and a different perspective of the wizarding world in a world many years after the Battle of Hogwarts.
I was truly impressed with how The Cursed Child turned out. The script format made it very easy to read (I finished the entire book in about eight hours). J.K. Rowling mentioned when she first announced The Cursed Child script publication, that she felt that telling the story in this manner was the best way to depict the story she had in mind. I definitely see where she was coming from because I cannot imagine The Cursed Child as a regular novel, much less another Harry Potter movie. I think Rowling had everyone’s best interests in mind when she decided to go the route of scripts and on-stage performances. (I literally BEG J.K. Rowling and all others involved to release a recording of the performances for those who won’t be able to see it live.)
The Cursed Child was just the right amount of information – it answered many questions I’m sure most Harry Potter fans had, such as what Harry’s children were like, what sort of problems they faced while living in his shadow, how the main characters that were so near and dear to our hearts aged and continued their lives. The story also raised questions as well, tapping into the idea of leaving aspects of the story up to the imagination of the readers, an aspect of fiction writing that I adore so much.
I was so, so pleased with the ways in which Rowling adapted her characters for this script. I think the ways in which the characters spoke and acted was truly realistic and true to the personalities depicted in the original novels. They seemed real. Harry would totally be oblivious to the struggles of his second son and Ron would definitely be cracking jokes the whole time. The consistency of Rowling’s character development and characteristics in general is astounding.
While reading The Cursed Child (on the beach at the Jersey shore, which added quite lovely ambiance) I was taken back to the first time I read the Harry Potter books, reminded of the characters I connected to and grew up with. I started the series when I was young and the main characters were young, as they aged and grew up, so did I. Reading The Cursed Child as a young adult was an incredible experience and there’s so much more I would say about it, but most importantly I’m so happy J.K. Rowling decided to share this final part of Harry’s story with us.