though not a movie or TV show, here are my VERY quick thoughts on the latest installment in a pop culture phenomenon! (And I’ve been extremely busy lately, but I’ll return to doing at least 1 or 2 posts, especially new Reviews, this coming week. Promise!)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review
Originally Published in the SJ Red & White by, John Hayeck
On July 30th, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child premiered on London’s West End, releasing its rehearsal script in bookstores everywhere on the same day. The Two Part, Four Act play (which runs roughly five hours on stage) follows Harry’s son, Albus Severus Potter, in his first few years at Hogwarts. I won’t spoil any plot details for readers, but it does have a very interesting and different story than any of the other Harry Potter novels.
For the first Act, The Cursed Child definitely feels a bit like Harry Potter fanfiction. It spends quite a bit of time paying tribute to all of the best parts of the books. The “greatest hits” part of the play remains entertaining though, and never feels too repetitive. Luckily, the story does kick into gear a little bit before the halfway point.
And once the story gets going, it really gets going. It introduces elements that are derived from previous parts of the Harry Potter universe, yet it feels completely original to this play. Albus is also a compelling hero and several of the new characters are also enticing.
Though I do feel like there is a lot of “paying tribute” to the first seven Harry Potter stories, The Cursed Child is definitely an energetic play that captures the magic of the Harry Potter universe and is something I’d definitely love seeing if it were to come to the U.S.
But guys, those are just my quick formal thoughts on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section down below. You guys can Follow Me on Twitter @JohnMHayeck, read more posts here on MyMovieThoughts, or go over to my YouTube channel and watch some video reviews there. And as always, thank you guys so much for reading.