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This review/stream-of-consciousness digestion of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is going to be full of spoilers. You have been warned. You can read my non-spoiler review here.
There is a lot to unpack in J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne’s play. So much, in fact, that this is less a review and more of a list of reactions I had while reading. I’ll expand on some of my thoughts, but since this is full of spoilers, really I’m just here to share my thoughts. And there were a lot of them.
Seriously, if you haven’t read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child yet, turn back now. Spoilers are coming.
Part One, Act One
- That the play started exactly where we left off on Platform 9 3/4 in the Epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows makes my heart so happy. An effortless marriage of old and new.
- As we follow Albus and Rose on the Hogwarts Express, it is clear Rose takes after her mother.
- And we meet Scorpius. And he is my favorite. He’s funny, and we later learn he’s smart and loyal. All the things Harry found in his friends on the Hogwarts Express.
- OMG, Albus Potter is sorted into Slytherin?? Did we know this before? Did this play reveal this information? Omg. I’m uncomfortable. But then… I’m thrilled. I’m a Slytherin myself, and as Harry said, the bravest man he ever knew was a Slytherin. Let’s see where this goes.
- Why are there rumors that Voldemort had a child? That’s weird.
- It’s also weird to picture Harry and Hermione with jobs. I have a job. They’re supposed to epitomize my childhood. And they have jobs.
- Wait. Is Hermione… Minister of Magic? Duh. Of course she is.
- “Huh, another new character. I wonder who this Delphi character turns out to be?” she thought, not knowing her own foreshadowing.
- Oh boy, time turners.
- The confrontation between Albus and Harry before Albus leaves for his third year is… rough. I still remember hating everything and everyone as a 13 year old. But now, while I don’t have kids, I see where Harry’s frustration is coming from. I’m at a very odd spot in adulthood where I still feel so connected to my childhood, but all my friends are having babies. I feel for you, Albus. I feel for you, Harry.
- Can we talk about the Trolley Witch?? WTF is happening?? And how the hell do they pull that off on stage?
- Can a Potter not break into the Ministry of Magic? And can someone please put some stricter regulations on polyjuice potion ingredients? Hello.
- Also, again, how are they accomplishing these effects on stage?
Part One, Act Two
- Ugh, time travel. This is not going to result in anything resembling good. At all.
- There’s no way sabotaging Cedric Diggory will go well for you, kids.
- Oh. I don’t think I needed Dumbledore and Harry emotions today.
- “What’s that, Albus? You’re in the wrong Hogwarts house now and you ruined at least one family? However could that have happened?” she thought sarcastically.
- Oh good, we get Harry/Dumbledore and Harry/Malfoy drama! Just what we need. Although, that was pretty classic and entertaining.
- We also get some classic, heart-wrenching Hogwarts student bestie fights. Ahh, wouldn’t be a Harry Potter book without them!
- I just love the Scorpius/Albus BFFs.
- WHAT DID YOU THINK WAS GOING TO HAPPEN, SCORPIUS? You brought Umbridge back! Your best friend disappeared! FIX IT.
Part Two, Act One
- Wow, Draco, the absence of Voldemort and the addition of your wife really made you a better person. In the correct timeline, anyway.
- DID HE SAY SNAPE?
- Honestly, I can’t process the horrors that come about from humiliating Cedric out of the Triwizard Tournament. It hurts my heart. Just fix it, Scorpius.
- Oh thank god. Thank you, Snape. Thank you, Scorpius. Thank you.
- How is there still an Act and a half to go??
- Seriously, Albus/Scorpius may top Harry/Ron/Hermione. They’re my favorite.
- Ah. Delphi. You’re back. That means you’re not good.
- Friendship will never be a weakness, Delphi. Only evil people think that. You take after your father so well.
Part Two, Act Two
- It’s truly incredible how far Voldemort’s tendrils spread. It will take so many generations to erase all that he did. You know, if Delphi doesn’t do it right now and elimiate everyone we know and love.
- Albus and Scorpius are a pretty unstoppable team. I love the message in a blanket. Not only is it really damn important to inform Harry where and when they are, it repairs the most painful scene in the whole play.
- This is going to be an uncomfortable series of scenes, isn’t it?
- Yup. Harry was just transfigured into Voldemort. I’m uncomfortable.
- Oh. John. Jack. J.K…. No. Don’t do this to Harry. Don’t do this to his family, his friends. Don’t do this to me. Why.
- BRB, sobbing.
- Harry Potter continues to break my heart. But then, thankfully, it mends it, too:
SCORPIUS: Are you heading to Quidditch? Slytherin are playing Hufflepuff—it’s a big one—
ALBUS: I thought we hated Quidditch?
SCORPIUS: People can change.
HARRY: I think it’s going to be a nice day.
ALBUS (smiles): So do I.