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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ is a nostalgic treat By: Mikayla Harris

Submitted by Whitney Bryson on September 1, 2016 – 11:01 amNo Comment

Harry Potter, a name many people from our generation recognize instantly. A name that has recently come back into conversations. JK Rowling, the author of the “Harry Potter” series, has recently published a new story. “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” is the eighth edition of the series and the first to be presented originally on stage.

This story, written by Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, was originally presented on stage on July 30, 2016. The story, written in a script format, contains two different parts.

Writing the story in this format, instead of writing it as a novel like previous “Harry Potter” books, allows the authors more control on where to lead the story, and how. Before I explain this, let me first share with you a bit about this particular story.

The ending of the seventh “Harry Potter” book (ancient spoiler alert) takes place at King’s Cross railway station with Harry and the gang sending their kids off to Hogwarts, some for the very first time. Harry and his son Albus discuss the possibility of Albus being placed in Slytherin.

This scene is where the new story begins. Harry’s son, and Ron and Hermione’s daughter Rose are on their way to Hogwarts for the first time. Shortly after the revisited opening, the kids are on their way to school. The story then jumps ahead four years with a montage of important events over the skipped years being shown.

The rest of the story takes place as Albus and his friend Scorpius, son of Draco Malfoy, begin their fourth year at Hogwarts, and some of the trouble these two get into.

Something that I found very surprising about this story is that the authors were able to pull off jumping so far into the future. Key points were still very well addressed and emotions between characters were still apparent as important scenes took place over the lapsed time.

These are big scenes the authors could have left out, but not without the readers gaining a sense of who the characters are and how they interact with each other.

Other important scenes include when Albus, Scorpius and Rose are placed into their Hogwarts Houses, and when Albus learns Scorpius has lost his mother.

Although there isn’t much insight into the first few years at Hogwarts for these two boys, complete opposite of the original “Harry Potter” books, the personalities and identities of the boys are still very well developed.

Writing this story in a script format allowed the authors to jump and give snippets of these important, character developing events without giving details that weren’t very important for the message that a novel format would require.

Another concept the authors used that I really liked was that, as a reader, we don’t feel like we’re missing out on anything major between this story and the previous one. Since it starts with the same scene unfolding in this story as the last book’s ending, we kind of get a refresher on our favorite characters without having to go back and reread the last chapter of the seventh book.

A weak point in the story is something that happens later on. Not many details here because I wouldn’t want to ruin a good plot twist, but the authors end up having to stretch the abilities of the human body to make a plot point work. If you’re familiar with human anatomy, this particular point in the story may stand out to you and seem odd. However, this weirdness ends up being easy to ignore in the grand scheme of things.

Overall, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” was a great way to bring back Harry Potter and make a generation feel kind of nostalgic without dragging it on. The story is a refreshing restart with very loved characters. It evens opens a bit of insight to characters from the original series that you wouldn’t have thought of learning more about.

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