J.K Rowling/ Fiction Fantasy
Publisher- Little Brown UK
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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
For non-England-ers like us who 1) couldn’t afford the 2 way ticket to London just to see a play and 2) were too bowed down by studies and exams and shit to make time to fly across the world, the transcript of the Cursed Child play is probably the only way we may get to experience the magic of it.
The story takes up from where Deathly Hallows left of in 200, with the first scene being the last scene of DH, where 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry goes to drop off his children at King’s Cross station in London so they can board the Hogwarts Express. Harry’s eldest son, James Sirius and next son Albus Severus go to Hogwarts while Lily Luna joins the next year. Ron and Hermione’s daughter, Rose, also is with them. Rose and Albus, following their parents’ footsteps, want to check every compartment and find someone worth being friends with for the rest of their lives. Here, in an empty compartment, Albus meets and becomes friends with Scorpius Malfoy, the only son of Draco and Astoria Malfoy, which heralds the beginning of a life-long and entertaining friendship, though Rose, biased by her parents’ opinion of the Malfoys, refuses to talk to him and goes ahead to another compartment.
Though the story starts off 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, the main events take place 22 years after it. Albus, whose biggest fear of being sorted into Slytherininsert extract, is SORTED INTO SLYTHERIN. There is a nasty rumour going on about Scorpius’ parentage, and Albus has to deal with being the middle-kid, and someone who is expected to live his life under the shadow of his famous father and brother. On the other hand, Hermione is Minister of Magic, Harry is an overworked employee at the Ministry of Magic, and Ron manages Weasleys Wizarding Wheezes. Lately though, Harry has been getting strange dreams, where he revisits his childhood memories and hears the unmistakable voice of Voldemort saying his name, and his scar starts hurting again. Adding to this, Amos Diggory, who is now at St. Oswald’s home for Old Witches and Wizards, pleads to Harry to use a time-turner to go back in time to the Triwizard Tournament and get his son, Cedric Diggory, back for him. Although the use of the time-turner is illegal, Harry can’t stop hearing Amos’ voice in his head asking, “How many people have died for the Boy Who Lived? I am asking you to save one of them.” Albus overhears this and steals the time-turner from Hermione’s office with the help of Scorpius and Delphi, who is the niece of Amos, using the Polyjuice Potion. They try to go back in time to save Cedric, but they do not understand that you cannot change time, it affects all that will come after. The time-turner can only take people back for 5 minutes, and each time they come back, the present situation gets darker and darker and they realise that you cannot change Time and Fate. They get stuck in one of the time-zones and have to send a message back to the present. The time turner was a prototype, and Draco reveals an actual time turner and using it, Harry, Ginny, Ron, Hermione and Draco go back to get their children back and fight the evil and not try to alter the course of time.
This book is booooommmmmmmmm. That’s it. No words. And this is how childhood ends, not with a prom and fanfare, but with the release of one book. One book. My heart. And this was my review on GoodReads, as soon as I finished the book. This. Just sums up what I felt about the book.
What many people may have found disappointing is that a lot of main and supporting characters of the series have been left out and we do not know where they are, what they are doing. Apart from mentioning that Neville Longbottom is the Herbology professor, no other information is given out about people like Luna Lovegood, the Patil twins, Cho Chang, George Weasley, and all the other Weasleys except Ron and Ginny. And Teddy Lupin ffs. He must be around 20 now, WHERE IS HE?
As always, the book hasn’t been without tear-inducing lines.
ACT FOUR, SCENE THIRTEEN
GODRIC’S HOLLOW, INSIDE JAMES AND LILY POTTER’S HOUSE, 1981
And we’re in the ruins of a house. A house that has undergone a vicious attack.
HAGRID walks through the ruins.
He looks about himself.
He walks slowly, unwilling to see too much too soon. He is entirely overwhelmed.
And then he sees them, and he stops, and he says nothing.
Oh. Oh. That’s not — that’s not — I weren’t — They told me, but — I were hoping for better . . .
He looks at them and bows his head. He mutters a few words, and then he takes some crumpled flowers from his deep pockets and lays them on the floor.
I’m sorry, they told me, he told me, Dumbledore told me, I can’t wait with yeh. Them Muggles are coming, yeh see, with their flashing blues and they won’t ’preciate a big lummox like me, would they?
He lets out a sob.
Hard though it is to leave yeh.
I want yeh to know — yeh won’t be forgotten — not by me — not by anyfolk.
And then he hears a sound — the sound of a baby snuffling. HAGRID turns towards it, walking with more intensity now.
He looks down and stands over the crib. Which seems to radiate light.
Well. Hello. Yeh must be Harry.
Hello, Harry Potter.
I’m Rubeus Hagrid.
And I’m gonna be yer friend whether yeh like it or not.
’Cos yeh’ve had it tough, not that yeh know it yet.
An’ yer gonna need friends.
Now yeh best come with me, don’t yeh think?
As flashing blue lights fill the room giving it an almost ethereal glow — he lifts BABY HARRY gently into his arms.
And then — without looking back — he strides away through the house.
And we descend into soft black.
ϟ ϟ ϟ
SNAPE sends forward a Patronus, and it’s a beautiful white shape of a doe.
SCORPIUS: A doe? Lily’s Patronus.
SNAPE: Strange, isn’t it? What comes from within.
Dementors start to appear all around them. SNAPE knows what this means.
You need to run. I will keep them at bay for as long as I can.
SCORPIUS: Thank you for being my light in the darkness.
SNAPE looks at him, every inch a hero, he softly smiles.
SNAPE: Tell Albus — tell Albus Severus — I’m proud he carries my name. Now go. Go.
JK Rowling didn’t even leave out her famous “Always”.
Now excuse me as I go cry.
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