Thursday, January 12, 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two by J. K. Rowling

This is the continuation of the story of Harry Potter in form of a play. It happens about twenty years later than the “real” books. The children of people who became famous after the earlier events have problems with the high expectations that their parents, teachers, and even they themselves have set upon them. Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy are underachieving children who rebel against their parents. They are best friends in spite of the hatred their fathers felt for each other years ago. They hatch a plan how they might gain some attention, but it backfires very badly as reality itself is changed and everything is under dire threat.
The play was pretty good after one got used to the unusual format. At first, there seemed to be some problems with the characterization, but twenty years and hard life experiences would most likely leave some marks, which might explain the uncharacteristic behavior some of the characters seemed to have.
I must wonder, though, how the play has been produced. There are so many scene changes, flashbacks, and consecutive scenes that happen in different places that it is hard to imagine how that has been managed. It certainly would be nice to see the play, but apparently it has been sold out for a decade or something.

352 pp.

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