Ahh, it’s like coming home. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now taking the London stage by storm! Based on a story by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, the book, published in script form, is a compilation of both shows, parts one and two are performed on opposite nights, and I can joyously say, the magic is still there.
But I’m also divided on it. While I love the emotional beats, and catching up with old friends, like Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and learning the dynamics of their families, including middle child Albus Potter and his friend, Scorpius Malfoy, as well as hearing hints of past events and callbacks, the plot feels a little too Back to the Future Part II, though with more parent – child issues, handled poignantly and just right.
So, it’s not that I didn’t like it, because I did; there were a number of moments that wrung tears from my eyes, or elicited a big smile as some familiar moment is called back, or a perfect Harry Potter moment – magical, and emotional – comes to life.
Harry is forty, working for the Ministry of Magic, and he has trouble connecting to his and Ginny’s middle child, Albus, who in turn becomes more distant, more lonely, finding solace in one friendship, with Draco’s son Scorpius.
The two concoct a plan after Albus overhears something, that literally changes the Wizarding World, and could cost the Potters, and all of their friend, everything.
Rowling’s story, brought to life by Thorne is solid, and as involving as always, and I understand the reason for the story the way it is, it gives us ready enemies, a good way to see the tension and the dynamics between parents and children, and touch on some very important moments, and characters.
I will happily admit that I saw it all in my head, conjured to life in my mind’s eye as only the best stories are, and it swept me up wonderfully as John William’s Hedwig’s Theme played in my imagination every time I opened the book.
Every one you’d expect to show up and have a moment does, and there are a couple of surprises as well, but the one character I would love to know more about is only mentioned by name, and that is Astoria. Something tells me she must have been an amazing woman, and I would love to learn more about her.
I don’t think I’ll be one of the lucky ones that will be able to see this stage production, though I would certainly love to, so I had to rely on the images the story created in my head, and they were magnificent.
It truly was like coming home, and reading this made me realize how much I have missed spending time with these characters, and need to revisit them again soon. I loved seeing how their lives have played out, learning that things haven’t always been easy, and while All was well, it doesn’t mean that there wasn’t struggles, tribulations and sacrifices. All of which are hinted at, and played wonderfully.
The Cursed Child is Harry Potter magic, enough to make me love it, even though the story wasn’t my favorite. To be clear once again, I didn’t hate it, because in typical Rowling fashion, everything ties together nicely, usually in more ways than one, but as I delved into the realm of the story, my brain nudged me a few times and said, “Hey, this is Back to the Future Part II… but it’s ok, because it’s beautiful, it’s magic, it’s Harry Potter.”