Being a Harry Potter fan, I was a bit apprehensive when I found out that Harry’s tale would be continued. I was anxious as I didn’t want the magical world I had grown up in to change when this new work by JK and co. came out. I was concerned for them, knowing that some die hard fans would be over analytical and pernickety and I feared that I could be one of them… As soon as I started reading it, I knew that I wouldn’t and that I was in for a right treat!
So. First things first. It is not like any of the other Harry Potter books, so comparing it to another in the series is nigh on impossible, not to mention a waste of time. It’s a play script, so a lot is left up to your imagination. There aren’t paragraphs of internal monologues and so your skills of visualising and empathy need to be good, otherwise you can rush past all of the dialogue and not really know what’s going on.
I am trying desperately now to think of how I can give a brief overview of the story without giving anything away! I don’t want people complaining about spoilers!
The story continues from the end of HP and the DH, following the Potter and Weasley kids heading off to Hogwarts, nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts. One of Harry and Ginny’s children, Albus, is in a bit of a tizzy about which house he’s going to be sorted into. He’s aware that everyone knows him as Harry Potter’s kid and that’s a lot of pressure to take, which only exacerbates the anxiety and stresses anyone would feel when starting a new school.
The story follows Albus and his friend, Scorpius Malfoy, through an emotional whirlwind with a time turner chucked in. They are trying to ‘fix’ events that happened in the past using the time turner. As we all know, if you alter what has happened in the past, there will be a chain reaction of change which could drastically alter the future. The play takes us to places modified and people lost. It reminds us fans what we love and have loved about the magical HP experience, but also gets us to look at the whole world with new eyes and through a new medium.
The messages, thoughts and questions that this book conjures are really powerful. You could spend hours dissecting the relationships between friends, family and foes in this story and still question whether motives and actions are justified as well as debate what the right thing to do would be. Life, even in the magical world, can be tough!
I would urge you to read this if you have read/seen all of the films, even if it’s just to satisfy your curiosity of finding out who has kids, what jobs they do now they’re all grown up etc. You must, however, read it knowing that it is not the same as Harry’s school days. Keep visualising what is happening, there is quite a bit of jumping backwards and forwards in time and it can get confuzzeling! If you’re lucky enough to have tickets, enjoy your day out! I’ve only got 13 days left until I get to see it! I can’t wait to see all of the actors taking on the main roles in real life, particularly one of my new favourite characters, Scorpius Malfoy!