Series: Harry Potter #8 (sort of)
Published on July 31, 2016 by Pottermore
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.
Well, this was a disappointment, I was really excited to read this since seeing the play is basically impossible for me (geographical and more importantly, monetary wise) but honestly, right now I'm happy I didn't expend a lot on money on this, I imagine it's better as a play thought it would still be a disappointment.
The first thing that stood out to me was that this plot is just so big and disjointed to fit into something small like a play, it passes through years in sentences or paragraphs, leaving the pace all over the place. Other thing is that this plot seems like a plot hole in the Harry Potter books that are already out there, and I hate it, honestly this universe is really well though and re-reading the books is always great to see all the foreshadowing to the future things, but this story just came out of nowhere and didn't made any sense.
Also, it tries to have this whole plot, sort of mystery thing and also a character arc but it ends up falling short on both attempts, we don't have enough time with the characters to care deeply about them and we don't have enough of the mystery to be excited by it. The voices of the old characters were all sorts of wrong too, specially Harry, I kind of hated him in here and it didn't felt like coming back to the familiar characters that I know and love.
Well, this was a bad idea, I did fond some passages funny and there was a comeback of one character that warmed my heart but other than that this was just a sad attempt to revival one of my favorite series.