by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
July 31st 2016 by Little Brown UK
Hardcover, Special Rehearsal Edition, 343 pages
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.
Besides being a "sequel" the book is presented in script form, written as a read through and directive for scene settings of a play. How can any of those things compare to the addicting words and characters of J.K. Rowling?
Well, it hit the mark for my unquenchable thirst for continuing the saga of Hogwarts and it's favored alumni. I felt an immediate connection to Harry's, Hermione's and Draco Malfoy's children. The story of Albus and Scorpius had a more contemporary feel but I loved the fact that the old favorites were included and given some closure. It took no more than a chapter to adjust to the literary structure and from there my mind assimilated the words easily and went into picture mode. I loved the story and the characters and felt a seamless continuation of the original series.
My only lingering thought is: "How will this go over as a live stage presentation?" A movie? Sure. But a live stage may be a difficult venue to keep the drama and electric charge alive without the special effects. Although I will be in line for a ticket if it comes to a venue near me!
You immediately see Rowling's engaging writing and development of the new characters. I am sure Thorne and Tiffany made the way easy for adaptation to play format. Their biographies show their success in that venue. All should be proud of this addition to the Potter family of books! HP fans...definitely pick this up!
I give this 4.5 "back in time" sheep!