If you haven't read it yet and don't want to know some spoilers then you should probably stop reading- if you do stop reading here then let me just say you will not be disappointed with the story.
Ok, fair spoiler warnings aside, let's talk Harry Potter and Cursed Child. The general story follows Harry and Ginny's son Albus who is heading off to Hogwarts for the first time and **spoiler alert** he gets sorted into Slytherin. This is a major source of tension between Harry and his son and their relationship from then on isn't all that great.
The script flicks briefly over moments in the next few years of Albus's life where he feels like a real outsider at school and finds it near impossible to live up to the reputations of his father or the two great men he was named after (Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape). His only real comfort is his friend Scorpius Malfoy, son of Harry's least favourite person Draco Malfoy, who is also a complete outsider and struggling to cope with his family's dark reputation and the rumours that he is actually Voldemort's son, not Draco's.
It was weird (in a good way) to read about Harry, Ron and Hermione, grown up in the adult world with teenage children and proper jobs. In my head, I still see them as teenagers so it took some real imagination to see Harry going off to work his job as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement and Hermione as the Minister of Magic. I feel Ron got the dodgy end of the 'life arc' plot and ended up owning a sweet shop. Ron is capable of so much more!
In this book I felt sorry for Draco- I'm probably alone in saying this but even in the first Harry Potter books I always felt sorry for Draco. He was in a difficult environment for any child to grow up in, so most of the time he had my sympathy rather then hate. In this book, Draco is struggling after the death of his wife Astoria. There is a really nice scene where Draco says he wishes he could use a time turner to go back and have another minute with Astoria, and this kind of broke my heart- Draco has feelings people!
Ok, so now you know the general outline of where everyone is, here's the big plot reveal. Albus and Scorpius get the idea to use a time turner that they steal from the Ministry of Magic and go back in time to the Triwizard Tournament and save Cedric Diggory from being killed by Voldemort. BRILLIANT IDEA. But like most brilliant ideas teenagers have, it all goes horribly, horribly wrong. It makes for a nail-biting read and reminded me of the pure joy that the Harry Potter books brought me when I was growing up.
I'm still in two minds as to whether I enjoyed reading it as a script, but if anything it has made me even more desperate to see the play in London. I devoured the whole script in 2 nights and found it hard to put down in between. Harry Potter fans will love it, but I feel the story would be lost on those who are yet to be introduced to Harry Potter...because clearly they've been living under a rock for 20 years.....who doesn't know Harry Potter?!
I loved it.
Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: parts one and two
Author: JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.
Publisher: Little, Brown