Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Jack Thorne (script), J.K. Rowling & John Tiffany (story), July 31, 2016
My rating: ♦♦♦♦◊
The eighth installment in the Harry Potter series involves the misadventures of Harry’s son, Albus, and Draco’s son, Scorpius. The pair find themselves going back in time in an attempt to save Cedric Diggory from his untimely death, but are unwittingly part of a bigger, darker scheme.
Cursed Child is full of surprise cameos and references that fans of the series will enjoy. It establishes itself firmly in the same continuity, and there is a lot that is very familiar.
In a It’s A Wonderful Life approach, Cursed Child plays with alternative realities in a way that makes it much more of a love letter to the original canon, rather than adding anything new. But it’s okay, because after such a long time, who doesn’t want to return to that canon?
Albus and Scorpius more than hold their own as new characters against an onslaught of nostalgia. They’re very opposite, and the camaraderie is magnificent. Scorpius, in particular, brings a dry wit to every situation and it’s impossible not to like him. Characters old and new deliver laugh-out-loud gags, though some of the angst is a little overblown at times.
Fans of the original series will love this script, packed as it is with Floo powder, polyjuice potion and a world that’s so rich it’s like you’ve never been away.