Enchanting Harry Potter series get a not-so-magical makeover

Published in the Aug. 24, 2016 issue

Finally, there is a new book out that features the world-famous Harry Potter and his friends. So like Sirius Black, the Harry Potter fans did their waiting.
It’s been nine years since the release of the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
In the years since, “Potterheads” have anxiously-awaited any continuation of Harry’s story. And now, with the release of, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, fans can finally have their fix.
The new story begins 20 years after the Battle of Hogwarts and focuses on Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger-Weasley, Draco Malfoy and all their children. And even though the wait was long, it was worth it.
As a massive Harry Potter fan, I was ecstatic when I discovered that there would be a play coming out introducing the world to the newest generation of wizards and witches, while also letting us take a glance at what was happening with the original group of Hogwart’s students.
But because the play would be debuting overseas, I was concerned that I would never get the chance to see what happened to my favorite characters. I was hoping there would be a way to see the play without having to buy a plane ticket. When it was announced that the script would be released as a book, I knew it would allow me and other Harry Potter fans to get the knowledge we need without the travel.While the script gives the reader a feel of the play, it leaves much to the imagination and dismisses details of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
The book also does not mention most of the minor characters that made the Harry Potter series memorable.
Another downside of the Cursed Child is that the beloved J.K. Rowling does not write it. The play was actually written by Jack Thorne, who based the play off of a new original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Thorne.
Since the story is only based on a story from Rowling, the Cursed Child gives off a fan-fiction vibe. There are points in the story that do not make sense because they conflict with happenings in the series.
Despite the errors of the book, there are some things the book got right, like the introduction of the new generation: Scorpious Malfoy, Rose Granger-Weasley, and Albus Severus Potter. While there are others characters in the book, the play focuses on these children as they try to make a name for themselves outside of their parents’ shadows.
While the book did have its ups and downs, it was actually really good. The script format made it easier to read and imagine the characters interacting with each other.
But as interesting as it was to read it in a script format, let’s hope that they release a novel format or create a touring version of the play.

Author: The Bells Staff

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