by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne
Remember a couple months ago when the plot of Cursed Child supposedly got leaked?
Remember how everybody thought it couldn’t possibly be the real deal? (Since when did J.K. Rowling write heartwarming plays about father-son bonding, anyway? We want action! Originality!)
Well, it was true. Harry Potter And The Cursed Child read exactly as promised. At first the plot seemed predictable and boring, and not just because it had already been leaked. It simply lacked the scope and originality of J.K. Rowling’s previous works in the Harry Potter universe.
The central conflict at the beginning of the book (script?) is a typical father-son clash between middle-aged Harry and his teenage son, Albus. Albus wishes he had a normal father. He also feels he can’t measure up to his accomplishments. The situation only worsens when Albus befriends the son of Harry’s sworn enemy, a friendly boy named Scorpius Malfoy, and is sorted into Slytherin House.
To make a long story short, Albus and Scorpius discover a Time-Turner and go back in time to save Cedric Diggory from dying. Along the way, though, they accidentally alter fate and create a world ruled by Voldemort. That’s when the plot spirals out of control (in a good way!) and the reader is whisked through several different timelines and plot twists. My only complaint is that Harry was relegated to a “clueless father” role throughout most of the script.
Though it might get off to a slow start, don’t get discouraged–Harry Potter And The Cursed Child is as fun and unpredictable as any of J.K. Rowling’s other works. I also thought the script format worked well and provided an extra element of interest.