Harry Potter and the Cursed Child released almost a week ago (the release party was epic!) and we’ve both already finished the whole thing. We don’t typically review anything Harry Potter-related, because a) it’s pretty well-known we love HP, and b) we’ve never really seen the point in reviewing it. But now? A script-turned-book? Sign us up! Here’s our GIF review for HP & the Cursed Child! We’ll try our best to keep this non-spoilery!
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
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.
I mean, first off, let’s start with the announcement of the script-book. Harry Potter must’ve been like…
And here’s how we felt upon seeing the book IRL for the first time:
(You could say we were really excited.)
And then there was a rush of nostalgia as we read the opening of part one, act one:
And this was us as we learned what the REAL plot of this book–ahem, play–was about…
I mean, it was both weird and super cool? Just the fact that there’s an eighth book/play, and that everything that what was happening was CANON, is still surreal.
But don’t get us wrong, amongst the strangeness and the constant shouting of “WHAT THE HECK IS HAPPENING?” we were like:
Aaaaand, of course, there were a lot–a LOT–of moments where we couldn’t even believe what was happening was real. (BUT: those callbacks to the original series! WHAT EVEN?!?!)
I think we’re in the majority when we say Scorpius Malfoy was the best character out of them all. Amiright? Every time he came “on stage” this was us:
Overall, this script-book was packed with non-stop action, twists, and nostalgia. Of course, we think the original Harry Potter series is much better, and we think this would have been 100x times better in actual play format, but … our love for Harry Potter knows no bounds. And yeah, we still enjoyed this play to the fullest extent we could.
We’d give this play somewhere between a 4 – 5/5 stars. How much did you enjoy (or not enjoy! opinions rule!) this script-book? Let us know in the comments below! Until next time,