It’s been nineteen years since the fall of the Dark Lord Voldemort. What kind of life has Harry Potter made for himself? Is it everything his happy ending should be?
This is going to be a little different from the posts that I normally. First and foremost, there will be a few elements of spoilers because there are some points I want to talk about that can’t be worked around in terms of the plot. Secondly, this won’t be a subjective review like I usually try to do when I talk about shows or casts. I won’t be gushing and talking about how perfect the book is, but this is certainly more of a post as a fan instead of a critic.
So, I want to talk about the weaker points. Something I’ve noticed about Rowling’s writing is that her dialogue isn’t always the strongest. This makes a story in the format of a play a more awkward read than when it would be a normal chapter book. Usually, a book would be more balanced in terms of settings and descriptions to couple with the dialogue so the weaker of the devices would be countered. But a dialogue heavy piece has to stand alone without much of anything else offered for support.
However, Rowling still has her ability to write fantastic characters working in her favor.
The story mainly focuses on Albus Potter, Harry’s youngest son, and his best friend Scorpius Malfoy. What is great about these boys is that they’re best friends, similar to the original trio, but they maintain their own identity. Albus isn’t as reckless or tempermental as Harry and Scorpius is rather clever and nieve. The chemistry between the boys is endearing and gives a different look to students who are sorted into Slytherin.
Another interesting relationship is the one between Harry and Albus. Because of Albus’s friendship with Scorpius, Harry becomes over protective and thinks Albus might be in danger because of it. He actually sets incredibly strict boundries to the point where he uses the Maurader’s Map to spy on Albus. This continues to fuel Albus’s perspective of seeing his father as “Harry Potter the Boy Who Lived” and only serves to create more distance in their relationship. This was one of my favorite parts of their interactions because Harry genuinely has no real guidelines in terms of how to be a father, so his struggles with his son.
One of the best things about the story through is Delphi. While her purpose in the story is a little arbitrary and even slightly out of left field, that doesn’t change the fact that she is a joy to read. She was ruthless, menecing and incredibly cunning. Honestly, it would be fascinating to see a selection of stories centered around the dynamics between Delphi and Albus because of how much he genuinely struggles with his legecy and how she wholeheartedly embraces her lineage. They both come from powerful backgrounds and have very different responses to those families.
It’s hard to dislike a story when you can find a few characters to invest yourself in. Even with shortcomings like clunky dialouge and a sometimes far fetched plot, it’s always Rowling’s characters that have kept readers rooted to the magical world. This story is no expection. From friendships to family ties, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part 1 & 2 is worth a look for fans that are looking for something a little different from the traditional format.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 is availabe in hardcover at bookstores nationwide.
(Featured image from pottermore.com)