Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review


Gracie Poehlman, Writer, Photographer

Harry Potter fans, rejoice.

J. K. Rowling has begun a second phase of Harry Potter writings, and the Boy Who Lived is back, with kids, in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The two-act play, in part written by Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, debuted on July 30th in London’s West End Theater. The collected script was released July 31st.

Beginning with the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the play follows Harry and Ginny’s middle son Albus Severus Potter, who is a disappointment to his father, through his Hogwarts career and the bad decisions he makes. Is Albus the Cursed Child, or is someone manipulating both him and Harry?

After being sorted into Slytherin while both of his siblings are in Gryffindor, Albus befriends the son of an old nemesis, Scorpius Malfoy. When Harry, now a ministry employee, is visited by Amos Diggory and his caretaker Delphini about a recovered Time-Turner and the possibility of rescuing Cedric Diggory before he died, Albus and Scorpius take the matter into their own hands by stealing the Time-Turner from Hermionie’s Ministry office. Chaos ensues as attempts to save Cedric by sabotaging the Triwizard Tournament backfire horribly, creating timelines where Harry is dead, Cedric is a Death Eater, and Voldemort lives. After Scorpius and a resurrected Snape fix the timeline, the true manipulator is revealed: Voldemort’s daughter.

The play format was off-putting to several readers of the collected volume, but the storyline is well worth the annoyance.

“It would have been better as a book, but once I got past the fact that it was a play, I loved it,” says Emily Heflin, a member of the Bob Jones Book Club.

Many others are raving about the book online, with Goodreads giving it a rating of 4 stars, and Amazon giving it a rating of 3.4 stares, 41% of which were 5 star ratings.

Can you borrow a copy from the school? Mrs. Huskey, the Bob Jones librarian has ordered a copy but it will not be available until Atriuum is working properly.

The best part about this new volume, other than Scorpius Malfoy, is that it’s not alone. Rowling has written a script for a movie based off of one of the three companion volumes, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

The forthcoming movie’s official trailer can be found here.